Swiss Foreign Policy provides in-depth insights into the procedures and constraints of Swiss foreign policy, answering questions such as:
* Why is Switzerland not a member of the European Union?
* What are the implications of staying apart and how important is neutrality in today's Europe?
* What are the implications of federalism and direct democracy on foreign policy?
* How should conflicting interests in foreign policy decision-making be dealt with?
The book is essential reading to all those interested in foreign policy analysis, the relationship between democracy and international relations, the significance of being a small state in contemporary Europe and the specificities of the Swiss political system.
List of illustrations and Tables Abbreviations Introduction 1. Theoretical Bases 2. Institutions and Decision-Making Processes 3. Policy Fields Conclusions