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Introduction: Switzerland–Key Institutions and Behavioural Outcomes

Switzerland, a labyrinth of political institutions, is an interesting laboratory for institutional research. There are so many political institutions in use that each one is enough for a book. Thus, the referendum, Swiss federalism and the grand coalition have been much discussed. Equally interesting are Swiss corporatism, the Central Bank and the Federal Supreme Court as well as the electoral system, which has both proportional and majoritarian techniques.