Urban Transformations and Local Political Elites: A Comparative Study among four Swiss Cities

Lay summary
The project aims to contribute to a better knowledge of the profile of elected representatives in Swiss cities. To what extent do social, urban, institutional, and political changes affect the profile of the elected representatives? To what extent is possible to observe an increasing democratization and professionalization? For each of the municipalities involved (Zurich, Lausanne, Luzern, Lugano), we will analyze the characteristics of the elected representatives (age, training, profession, gender, and political longevity) in executive and legislative institutions in the period between 1946 and 2016. Adopting a comparative approach and a prosopographic perspective, the project will adress change and persistence dealing with the urban transformation, institutional patterns and party dynamics.