Government Communication and Systems of Government in the Swiss Cantons

Sabrina Baumgartner, Patrick Donges


This article discusses the relationship between government communication and systems of government on the sub-national level within one country, Switzerland. lt examines empirically the rules and the organisation that have been developed for the purpose of government communication within the individual cantons. The Swiss cantons can be defined as concordance and consensus democracies. The article poses the question of what this means for the particular form that government communication adopts in each canton. lt is argued here that cantons with strong direct democratic elements present a more strongly developed organisation of government communication, make use of more resources and present a higher density of regulations than cantons with strong consensus government elements. The data show that this thesis finds partial validation.


political communication; political system; Switzerland; cantons

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