Local Politics; Political Elites; City; Comparative Approach; Change and Persistence
Di Capua Roberto, Pilotti Andrea, Mach André, Lasseb Karim (2020), Political professionalization and transformations of political career patterns in multi-level states: The case of Switzerland, in Regional & Federal Studies
MazzoleniOscar (2019), La milice politique helvétique entre légitimation et politisation, in Pilotti Andrea, Mazzoleni Oscar (ed.), Alphil, Neuchâtel, 215-236.
LassebKarim, PilottiAndrea (2019), La professionalisation des municipalités sous l'angle de la rémunération: le cas de Lausanne (1882-2019), in Mazzoleni Oscar, Pilotti Andrea (ed.), Alphil, Neuchâtel, 127-170.
LassebKarim, PilottiAndrea (2019), La rémunération du travail politique en Suisse. Entre fonctions accessoires et mandats à plein temps, in Le Saout Rémy (ed.), Berger-Levrault, Boulogne-Billancourt, 355-381.
PilottiAndrea, SciariniPascal, VaroneFrédéric, CappellettiFabio (2019), L'Assemblée fédérale: un parlement de milice en voie de professionnalisation, in Pilotti Andrea, Mazzoleni Oscar (ed.), Alphil, Neuchâtel, 53-89.
Di CapuaRoberto (2019), Le recrutement des élus locaux à Lausanne et à Zurich de 1946 à 2016: un système de 'milice' très sélectif?, in Pilotti Andrea, Mazzoleni Oscar (ed.), Alphil, Neuchâtel, 171-213.
Pilotti Andrea, Mazzoleni Oscar (ed.) (2019), Le système de milice et la professionnalisation politique en Suisse
, Alphil, Neuchâtel.
LassebKarim, PilottiAndrea (2019), Les fonctions électives en Suisse et leur rémunération, in Pilotti Andrea, Mazzoleni Oscar (ed.), Alphil, Neuchâtel, 21-52.
MachAndré (2019), Postface: Principe de milice et élites politiques: quelles implications?, in Mazzoleni Oscar, Pilotti Andrea (ed.), Alphil, Neuchâtel, 237-250.
Di Capua Roberto (2018), Il sistema di milizia nei legislativi comunali di Lugano e Losanna (1945-2016), in Mazzoleni Oscar, Pilotti Andrea (ed.), Armando Dadò Editore, Locarno, 137-174.
Pilotti Andrea, Mazzoleni Oscar (2018), Introduzione, in Mazzoleni Oscar, Pilotti Andrea (ed.), Armando Dadò Editore, Locarno, 9-18.
Mazzoleni Oscar (2018), La milizia politica elvetica fra legittimazione e politicizzazione, in Pilotti Andrea, Mazzoleni Oscar (ed.), Armando Dadò Editore, Locarno, 175-191.
Lasseb Karim, Pilotti Andrea (2018), La professionalizzazione dei Municipi in termini di remunerazione: il caso di Losanna (1882-2018), in Pilotti Andrea, Mazzoleni Oscar (ed.), Armando Dadò Editore, Locarno, 103-135.
Pilotti Andrea, Sciarini Pascal, Varone Frédéric, Cappelletti Fabio (2018), L'Assemblea federale: un parlamento di milizia in fase di professionalizzazione, in Mazzoleni Oscar, Pilotti Andrea (ed.), Armando Dadò Editore, Locarno, 45-73.
Lasseb Karim, Pilotti Andrea (2018), Le funzioni elettive in Svizzera e la loro remunerazione, in Mazzoleni Oscar, Pilotti Andrea (ed.), Armando Dadò Editore, Locarno, 21-44.
Mazzoleni Oscar, Pilotti Andrea (ed.) (2018), Milizia e professionismo nella politica svizzera
, Armando Dadò Editore, Locarno.
Mach André (2018), Principio di milizia ed élite politiche: quali implicazioni?, in Mazzoleni Oscar, Pilotti Andrea (ed.), Armando Dadò Editore, Locarno, 193-203.
Lasseb Karim, Qui doit vivre d’un mandat politique ? La professionnalisation des exécutifs des grandes villes suisses : les cas de Zurich, Lausanne et Lucerne, in Politique et Sociétés
Under the pressure of globalization and Europeanization, European States, including Switzerland, are experiencing an increasing transformation of sub-national forms of democratic life, enhancing the importance of local and especially urban political participation and governance (John 2001; Le Galès 2011; Mossberger et al. 2012). Whilst scholars and the public tend to suppose that the differences between now and the first decades after World War II are very strong, few systematic analyses are available. Our research project aims to contribute to a better knowledge of the profile of urban elected representatives over time in connection with the transformation of the urban context, and especially in the period since the 1980s. A number of questions arise: Who are these representatives in charge of local decision-making, both in legislative and executive power, and in what ways are they different from their colleagues of the past? Our main research questions are twofold: To what extent do social, institutional, and political changes affect the profile of the elected representatives? And is it possible to observe an increasing democratization and professionalization of the urban political elite? Assuming sub-national legacies are crucial in the evolution of urban political elites, our project simultaneously adopts a comparative approach and a prosopographic perspective able to take into account change and persistence over time in a detailed manner at the individual level. Our research will focus on the evolution of four cities in Switzerland (Lausanne, Lucerne, Lugano, and Zurich), which represent different legacies among the main urban Municipalities, in terms of demographic, institutional, economic, and political points of view. For each of the municipalities, we will analyze the evolution of the elected representatives (age, training, profession, gender, and political longevity) in legislative and executive institutions in the period between 1946 and 2016, in relation to urban, institutional, and political transformations. More precisely, we want to verify the impact of demographic and socioeconomic settings, local party system changes, institutional and partisan rules, and the role of the municipalities in public policies on the evolution of the profile of local political elites.The project will systematically collect data about every elected representative in each election year, data that is stored in municipal archives and so far remains largely unexploited. An initial harvesting of the data concerning Lausanne and Lugano has revealed the richness of these holdings and allows a systematic examination of the elected representatives, permitting a systematic quantitative analysis. An important goal of the project is to support the recent revitalization of urban research on the political elite and thereby contribute to it catching up with national and international counterparts, where this sub-field has seen a considerable renewal in recent years, bridging with the statewide political elite studies. The organization of an international conference at the end of the research will give the opportunity to bring together leading scholars in the study of the urban political elite and to present the results of the research. Moreover, the research project integrates two PhD studies and therefore contributes to the advancement of young academic careers. Since questions about the political relevance of urban municipalities to Swiss governance, especially in the major cities, have excited more interest in Switzerland in recent years, the proposed research project also seeks to achieve the wide diffusion of its findings, and to reach out not only to the scientific community, but also to the general public.