Beneficial arrangements in parliament – How vested interests shape Swiss politics

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An article on research I contributed to on 'UniNews', the news platform of the University of Basel.

Period15 Dec 2022

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  • TitleBeneficial arrangements in parliament – How vested interests shape Swiss politics
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletUniNews
    Media typeWeb
    Duration/Length/Size800 words
    DescriptionResearchers at the University of Basel have conducted a study on the influence of interest group ties on politicians in the Swiss Federal Parliament. The researchers analyzed the vested interests of 524 members of parliament between 2000 and 2015 and found that when an interest group can win over councilors as lobbyists, it can expect to see increased parliamentary activity in the area of the interest group. The study also found that the influence of interest groups is relatively unimportant whether an organization is private or public and that when formal ties with interest groups end, politicians tend to turn their attention to other issues. The researchers argue that maximum transparency, including the mandatory disclosure of all ancillary earnings from vested interests, is necessary for voters to know who is spending their time on what.
    Producer/AuthorNoëmi Kern
    PersonsTomas Turner-Zwinkels


  • Interest groups
  • Parliaments