Vertical Influence or Horizontal Coordination? The Purpose of Intergovernmental Councils in Switzerland

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serval:BIB_23E983185541
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Article: article from journal or magazin.
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Title
Vertical Influence or Horizontal Coordination? The Purpose of Intergovernmental Councils in Switzerland
Journal
Regional and Federal Studies
Author(s)
Schnabel Johanna, Mueller Sean
ISSN
1359-7566
Publication state
Published
Issued date
29/08/2017
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Language
english
Abstract
In 1993, the Swiss cantons established the Conference of Cantonal Governments (KdK). While the literature on Swiss federalism generally acknowledges the important role of the KdK, little is known about its specific purpose, in particular compared to other, older intergovernmental councils operating in Switzerland. We therefore investigate the purpose of the KdK and contrast it with two other intercantonal conferences with nationwide scope, namely those on education and finance. To do so, we trace two of the most important federal reform processes of the last decade: the latest renewal of fiscal equalisation and educational harmonisation. We find a division of labour between the KdK and policy-specific councils. While the former aims at vertical political influence, the latter primarily engage in genuine horizontal policy coordination. This flexible and smooth interplay of the two types of councils has contributed to further strengthening the political role of the cantons in the Swiss federation.
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