Switzerland and the European Union: A Close, Contradictory and Misunderstood Relationship, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Switzerland and the European Union

A Close, Contradictory and Misunderstood Relationship, 1st Edition

Edited by Clive H. Church


284 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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Despite its geographical centrality and its considerable economic involvement in Europe, Switzerland remains unusual in that it is neither a member of the European Union or the European Economic Area. At a time when the Union is both expanding and seeking to develop its integration, the country constitutes a real anomaly amongst west European states.

This book demonstrates the range, depth and complexity of Switzerland’s developing relations with Europe and provides detailed and up-to-date information on Switzerland itself. Considering a variety of dimensions of the country and its ambiguous relations with the EU, the contributors, all of whom are leading specialists on Swiss-EU relations, explore:

  • the classical political obstacles to entry: federalism, direct democracy, neutrality and the growing strength of anti-European populism
  • policy barriers to integration: in trade and economics generally, in financial matters, and in social provisions relating to the movement of people
  • the negotiation of the two sets of bilateral accords which presently structure Swiss relations with the Union
  • the EU response and the prospects for future Swiss-EU relations.

Switzerland and the European Union will appeal to specialists on Switzerland, academics and students in politics and international relations, and practitioners in European integration and Swiss politics.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Clive H. Church Part A: Political Problems 2. Federalism: Institutional Adaptation and Symbolic Constraints Paolo Dardanelli 3. Direct Democracy and European Integration: A Limited Obstacle? Alex Trechsel 4. Swiss Neutrality – An Obstacle on the Path towards the EU? Daniele Ganser & Georg Kreis 5. Populism in Switzerland and the EU: From Vox Populi to Vox Mediae Regula Stampfli Part B: Economic and Social Difficulties 6. Swiss International Economic Relations: Assessing a Small and Open Economy Rolf Weder 7. Sectors, Structures and Suspicions: Financial and other Aspects of Swiss Economic Relations with the EU Clive H. Church with Christina Severin & Bettina Hurni 8. The (Contentious) Human Face of Europeanization: Free Movement and Immigration Philippe Koch & Sandra Lavenex Part C: The EU and International Contexts 9. The Wider Setting of Swiss Foreign Policy Laurent Goetschel 10. Continuities Within Change: The Background of Swiss Relations with Europe Clive H. Church 11. Back to the Future: The First Round of Bilateral Negotiations with the EU Cedric Dupont & Pascal Sciarini 12. Bilaterals II: Reaching the Limits of the Swiss Third Way? Alexandre Afonso & Martino Maggetti 13. Switzerland: Special Case or Scallywag? The View from the EU Sieglinde Gstohl 14. Prospects Yannis Pappadopolous

About the Editor

Clive H. Church is Emeritus Jean Monnet Professor of European Studies of the University of Kent, UK and a member of the University’s Centre for Swiss Politics.

About the Series

Europe and the Nation State

This series explores the complex relationship between nation-states and European integration and the political, social, economic and policy implications of this interaction. The series examines issues such as:

  • the impact of the EU on the politics and policy-making of the nation-state and vice-versa
  • the effects of expansion of the EU on individual nation states in Europe
  • the relationship between the EU and non-European nation states.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Diplomacy
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Trade & Tariffs