By W. Linder
An up to date third variation of this authoritative research of Swiss democracy, the associations of federalism, and consensus democracy via political energy sharing. Linder analyzes the scope and bounds of voters' participation in direct democracy, which distinguishes Switzerland from so much parliamentary systems.
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Multilinguism seems to offer advantages in internationalised business, where it has become the lingua franca, too. 24 Multilingualism requires public expenditure and ﬁscal redistribution in favour of the minority, both of which the Swiss are willing to bear. There are three complete public radio and television networks, one for each linguistic group. The smallest network, Radio Television della Svizzera Italiana, in 2007 received SFr 200 million, or 20 per cent of the whole budget of public radio and television, which is almost ﬁve times more than its proportional share would be.
They also demanded a revision of the treaty setting up the confederation and tried to obtain diplomatic help (and more) from Austria, France and Sardinia to defend their cause. In 1847 the Catholic cantons left the Conference of Delegates, or Tagsatzung. This was interpreted by the Protestant cantons as secession. 3 Religious conﬂicts between Protestant and Catholic cantons from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century 1529: A military conﬂict between Protestant Zurich and the ﬁve Catholic cantons was prevented by the ﬁrst Kappeler Landfriede which contained the promise of confessional tolerance.
The historical importance of this voice may be illustrated by the fact that for decades the members of the National Council were seated in linguistic and not partisan blocs. Second, there are statutory rights for linguistic minorities. Linguistic autonomy is guaranteed by the principle of ‘territoriality’: the cantons are authorised or even charged to guarantee the traditional language of their regions, so that no commune can be forced to change its language for ofﬁcial use. 22 Hence federal-government documents or banknotes are worded in four languages.