policy resources; urban power; public-private cooperation; Switzerland; urban regime
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Lambelet Sébastien, Viallon François-Xavier, The influence of politicization on the implementation of developer obligations in a federalist country. Evidence from Switzerland, in van der Krabben Erwin, Munoz Gielen Demetrio (ed.), Routledge, Abingdon, 1-9.
Nowadays, almost three quarters of the Swiss population leaves in urban areas. Swiss cities have known major changes in their economic and sociodemographic structure in the last decades. However, Swiss metropolitan areas remain overlooked by political scientists and represent the lost dimension of Swiss federalism. The last study focusing on the issue of urban power in Switzerland has been published in 1978. The first aim of this research is to fill this empirical gap by studying the power structure of the Swiss metropolitan areas of Geneva, Zurich and Bern. Applying the theoretical framework of urban regimes analysis, this research conceives Swiss politics as a multi-level system and leaves out the classical institutional view focusing either on the municipal, the cantonal or the federal level. The second aim of this research is to improve the theoretical framework of urban regimes which is widely recognized as a dominant paradigm in the field of urban politics. A key element characterizing an urban regime is the capacity of public and private actors to mobilize policy resources to sustain their common political agenda. However, urban regime theory does not specify which policy resources are necessary for the emergence of a regime and how exchanges of policy resources allow a governing coalition to remain influential over the long term. This research aims at filling this theoretical gap by showing that some policy resources are fundamental for the establishment of an urban regime, independently of the political agenda it pursues.In a nutshell, the strength of this research is to use the overlooked field of Swiss urban areas to improve the dominant theoretical framework of urban regimes.