Political Institutions of Switzerland

The Cognitograph offers a unique overview of Switzerland's political institutions and their direct democratic instruments. It is for everybody interested in politics and can be used in education.



The following topics are covered:

  • Legal system with Constitution, laws and regulations and respective legislative processes
  • Functioning of the instruments of direct democracy (popular initiative, mandatory and optional referendum)
  • Organization and functioning of the national parliament with its two chambers (National Council and Council of States)
  • Organization and functioning of the executive branch of the federal government (Federal Council)
  • Role of the Federal Court in the legislative process
  • Overview of the federal structure of the Swiss political system
  • Overview of the 26 cantons (territories, cantonal capitals, communes, members of the National Council and Council of States, cantonal governments and parliaments, populations)
  • Overview of the composition of the population, the citizens entitled to vote and voter turnout


Jan Ehrler, master degree in political science and economics
For many years project manager at the IDHEAP (Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration) in the field of policy evaluation.



CHF 9.50 per unit, shipping CHF 2 (2 Cognitographs and more are shipped for free)
Cognitograph "Political Institutions of Switzerland", 2020, ISBN 978-3-9524863-4-4.
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