1st Edition

Switzerland-EU Relations Lessons for the UK after Brexit?

Edited By Paolo Dardanelli, Oscar Mazzoleni Copyright 2021
    224 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    224 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book offers an up-to-date assessment of the state of Switzerland-EU relations with the aim of drawing lessons from the Swiss experience to shed light on the challenges facing the UK post-Brexit and, more broadly, on how non-member states can adapt to "integration without membership".

    The book covers the main issues in the Swiss experience of dealing with the EU over the last 30 years. These include the determinants of the 1992 vote, the architecture of the bilateral agreements signed since then, the economic interests at stake, the role played by immigration, the impact on the country’s federal system, the political, social, and cultural factors shaping attitudes to integration, and how the "Swiss model" has featured in the discourse about Brexit. The concluding chapter identifies the key lessons Switzerland’s experience offers for the British debate on the country’s relations with the EU post-Brexit.

    This book will be of key interest to scholars and students of European Union politics, European politics, Swiss Politics, British Politics, Brexit, and more broadly to international relations.

    1. Introduction

    Oscar Mazzoleni and Paolo Dardanelli

    2. Looking Back: 1992 as a Critical Juncture

    Georg Kreis

    3. The Economic Dimension

    Sergio Rossi and Guillaume Vallet

    4. The Bilateral Approach: Achievements and Limitations

    René Schwok

    5. The Question of Immigration: A Challenge to National Identity and Social Cohesion

    Sabine Jenni

    6. European Integration and State Structures: What Connections?

    Paolo Dardanelli

    7. Political Parties and Europe: An Enduring Dilemma

    Blaise Fontanellaz and Paolo Dardanelli

    8. Explaining Support for European Integration in Direct Democracy Votes

    Pascal Sciarini

    9. Rooting for Europe: Territorial Patterns in Voting Behaviour

    Sean Mueller

    10. The Cultural Roots of Euroscepticism in German-speaking Switzerland and England

    Tobias Theiler

    11. Regionalism and Euroscepticism: The Case of Ticino

    Oscar Mazzoleni

    12. Learning from Switzerland after Brexit: More Barriers than Breakthroughs

    Clive H. Church

    13. Conclusions: Insights from Switzerland’s Experience

    Paolo Dardanelli and Oscar Mazzoleni


    Paolo Dardanelli is Reader in Comparative Politics at the University of Kent, UK.

    Oscar Mazzoleni is Professor of Political Science at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.

    "... an excellent starting point for any scholar looking to understand the complex and multidimensional relations between Switzerland and the EU."

    Stefanie Walter, (2021) in Swiss Political Science Review 27(3): 682–685