Does Europeanisation weaken the left? Changing coalitions and veto power in Swiss decision-making processes.

(2010) Policy and Politics 38(4): 565-582 (with Marie-Christine Fontana and Yannis Papadopoulos).

This article analyses how Europeanisation affects the power resources of social democratic forces in Switzerland. Whereas political economy arguments would assume that processes of internationalisation invariably weaken social democratic parties and trades unions, we argue that they can also empower them in certain circumstances. Detailed case studies of four decision-making processes in Switzerland show that Europeanisation does not coincide with a weaker position of social democrats. On the contrary, they are stronger in Europeanised issues because they can take advantage of increased conflicts within right-wing political forces, be it among political elites or between the elites and their electoral base.

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