In the news this week the recent Swiss referendum- the
A three-part referendum will be held in on 3 March 2013 asked the electorate whether they supported a federal order on family policy, an amendment to the federal law on spatial planning, and an initiative on executive pay that would introduce binding shareholder votes on salary levels, as well as banning golden hellos for new employees and golden parachutes for departing staff. See the results on the Federal statistical website
Find out more about the text and legal position of the referendum on the Chancellerie federale website.
More information on the referendum can be found on these resources.
Direct democracy has some background on ther frequent use of referendums in Switzerland
The oui campaign website has details about Initiative populaire «contre les rémunérations abusives» du 3 mars 2013. Download documents relating to it too. Find out the supporters
Find out more about Thomas Minder from his official website.
the 2013 Office fédéral de la statistique has some useful official statistics on executive pay and bonuses in Switzerland.
The following have some useful news and analysis
Get some basic English language news from Switzerland in the Swiss Review.
Le Matin has maps of voting outcomes.
Der Bund switzerland
Other useful swiss politics resources.
Department of Political Science Zurich swiss elections and referendum project.
C2D database- information on referendums worldwide.