Switzerland in Europe

Continuity and Change in the Swiss Political Economy

Author: Christine Trampusch,André Mach

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1136815023

Category: Political Science

Page: 272

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The book provides the first systematic overview of Swiss political economy in comparative perspective. It provides an analysis of major socio-economic institutions, economic actors, economic and social policies, and political institutions and their recent changes.

Switzerland and the European Union

A Close, Contradictory and Misunderstood Relationship

Author: Clive H. Church

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134194366

Category: Political Science

Page: 288

View: 6205

Despite its geographical centrality and its considerable economic involvement in Europe, Switzerland remains unusual in that it is neither a member of the European Union or the European Economic Area. At a time when the Union is both expanding and seeking to develop its integration, the country constitutes a real anomaly amongst west European states. This book demonstrates the range, depth and complexity of Switzerland’s developing relations with Europe and provides detailed and up-to-date information on Switzerland itself. Considering a variety of dimensions of the country and its ambiguous relations with the EU, the contributors, all of whom are leading specialists on Swiss-EU relations, explore: the classical political obstacles to entry: federalism, direct democracy, neutrality and the growing strength of anti-European populism policy barriers to integration: in trade and economics generally, in financial matters, and in social provisions relating to the movement of people the negotiation of the two sets of bilateral accords which presently structure Swiss relations with the Union the EU response and the prospects for future Swiss-EU relations. Switzerland and the European Union will appeal to specialists on Switzerland, academics and students in politics and international relations, and practitioners in European integration and Swiss politics.

Gleanings in Europe

The Rhine

Author: James Fenimore Cooper,Thomas Philbrick

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780873953665

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 326

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Gleanings in Europe: The Rhine is an account of James Fenimore Cooper's travels in Europe at the time of the 1832 revolt in Paris, when he hoped General Lafayette would be declared President of France and when all of Europe was the stage for the morality play of French politics. Published in 1836 after General Lafayette's death, the book is, in part, an apologia for Lafayette, Cooper's ideal political man. Thus it is essential reading for understanding the development of Cooper's political ideas and his ideas about the nature of American culture. In The Rhine, Cooper deepens his skill at picturesque description of landscape and extends the range of the picturesque to include cityscapes. The complex relations between visual objectives and ideas reverberates throughout the book, whether Cooper is commenting on the public gardens of Heidelburg, a private Alpine landscape, or, especially, the garden at Lafayette's home. With American landscapes and politics always in the background for comparison, Cooper surveys the order of life in Europe and asks for a more liberal and humane political order in Europe and a more human and cultivated social order in America.

Multilingual Encounters in Europe's Institutional Spaces

Author: Johann W. Unger,Michal Krzyzanowski,Ruth Wodak

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1441144846

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

View: 7785

Multilingual encounters have been commonplace in many types of institutions, and have become an essential part of supranational institutions such as the EU since their inception. This volume explores and discusses different ways of researching the discursive dimension of these encounters, and critically examines their relevance to policy, politics and society as a whole. This includes institutions at the local, regional and supranational level. Multilingualism in institutions is currently often seen as an obstacle rather than an opportunity, at least with respect to European public and private spheres. The volume asks: - exactly how is multilingualism conceptualized and talked about in different institutions? - how do different institutions 'deal' with multilingualism, both internally and externally? - what are the policy making rules and challenges for the future for various institutions with respect to multilingualism?

Switzerland in Perspective

Author: Janet Eve Hilowitz

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 0313260893

Category: Social Science

Page: 229

View: 694

Twelve of Switzerland's most eminent social scientists express their ideas and viewpoints about their nation's economy, society, and ;culture in a readable and informative way.

Crime and Criminal Justice in Europe

Author: N.A

Publisher: Council of Europe

ISBN: 9789287143785

Category: Social Science

Page: 180

View: 505

"Crime Policy in Europe" brings together fourteen policy specialists from across. It covers: existing and recent trends of crime; the importance of victim concerns; crime prevention and policing; the role of the prosecution and sentencing; different kinds of sanctions ranging from imprisonment to community service and other measures. The prosecution, imprisonment and rehabilitation of criminals has changed dramatically in Europe over the past ten years. New pressures are forcing many of its philosophies and procedures to be re-evaluated. This book explains why many of the new decisions being taken and options that are available to the courts.

From the Margins to the Centre

Irish Perspectives on Swiss Culture and Literature

Author: Patrick Studer,Sabine Egger

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9783039107162

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 372

View: 9143

Arising from a colloquium held in Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, in March 2004, this volume offers fresh insights into Swiss culture and literature from an Irish perspective. It brings together articles by writers and scholars from various academic fields including cultural studies, linguistics and literature. The book is a reflection of the multifaceted interests of Irish academics in Switzerland as a cultural space in the heart of Europe. Ireland as a vantage point, situated at the western margin of the European continent, offers new perspectives from which differences as well as surprising parallels between the two cultures become visible and from which Switzerland appears in a different light. The volume critically addresses questions of identity in Swiss literature and culture and discusses them from various angles - by analysing the representation of minority cultures in Swiss literary and media discourse, by reading Swiss literature in an intercultural context, but also through accounts of Irish visitors in Switzerland and Swiss writers travelling to or living in Ireland.

Small States Inside and Outside the European Union

Interests and Policies

Author: Laurent Goetschel

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1475728328

Category: Political Science

Page: 296

View: 1381

Small States in and outside the European Union offers a broad overview of the small states problematic in Europe. It touches upon definition issues, history, security policy, neutrality, EU institutional aspects and also includes contributors from Central and Eastern European countries. It presents a thorough analysis of different scenarios for EU institutional reform and their repercussions on the influence of small member states. The comparative results are visualized in tables. The work contains several contributions from practitioners who give insight into policy games and issues of national sensitivity not usually covered by purely scholarly publications. The European environment has changed dramatically through the processes of regional integration and rising interdependence. Relations between European states both inside and outside the EU are governed as never before by rules, norms, and fixed procedures. The book investigates the consequences of these developments on the foreign and security policy of small states. Academics and professionals from Austria, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Sweden, and Switzerland, as well as from the European Commission and the Council of Ministers, elaborate on these issues. Institutional regulations and traditional power politics as well as the foreign and security policy traditions of the states concerned, including the question of neutrality, are investigated. In addition, the book identifies the main interests of small states in today's Europe and offers an overview of different strategies these states apply in the realm of foreign and security policy. The book is interesting for the case studies it offers as well as for the reflections it contains regarding fundamental questions of the essence of statehood in today's Europe.

Management des Markenwerts bei Luxuskonsumgütern

Author: Daniela Rogall

Publisher: diplom.de

ISBN: 3832433953

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 98

View: 2138

Inhaltsangabe:Problemstellung: Profitierten traditionelle Luxusunternehmen wie Chanel, Hermes, Cartier oder Louis Vuitton im vergangenen Jahrzehnt noch von der wirtschaftlichen Hochkonjunktur, so sehen sich die Nobelhäuser jetzt einer besorgniserregenden Stagnation ihrer Verkaufszahlen gegenüber. Problematisch wirkt sich zum einen die stetig wachsende Zahl der Unternehmen aus, die versuchen, von den hohen Margen auf dem Luxusmarkt zu profitieren, und damit die Konkurrenz in bisher nicht gekannter Weise verschärfen. Zusätzliche Brisanz erhält die Situation, da die von den Luxushäusern für ihre Produkte in Anspruch genommene überragende Qualität aufgrund der im allgemeinen zu beobachtenden Tendenz der fortschreitenden Homogenisierung des Produktangebots nicht länger einen wettbewerbsentscheidenden Vorteil darstellt. Die Jahre des absoluten Wachstums in den 80ern, als sich Luxusprodukte fast von selbst verkauften, sind also definitiv vorbei. Gleichzeitig darf damit eine Ära für beendet erklärt werden, in der lediglich kreative Intuition als bestimmende Erfolgsformel die Geschicke der Unternehmen zu lenken vermochte. Vielmehr sind jetzt klare Konzepte vonnöten, die den speziellen Eigenarten der Luxusgüter gerecht werden und die Existenz der Hersteller auf dem Luxusmarkt sichern helfen. Doch statt sich an die veränderten Bedingungen anzupassen und diese Umstellung konsequent zu vollziehen, sonnen sich viele im Glanz alter Tage und erliegen den Verlockungen kurzfristig angelegter umsatzsteigernder Maßnahmen, ohne langfristige Konsequenzen für die Marke in Betracht ziehen. Unter Umständen mit fatalen Folgen: Gerade im Luxusbereich lässt sich nämlich eine Erweiterung des Abnehmerstamms nicht beliebig vornehmen, da die Exklusivität der Produkte ihr entscheidendes Wesensmerkmal repräsentiert. Zunehmende Verbreitung in der Bevölkerung birgt grundsätzlich und insbesondere vor dem Hintergrund des allgemein konstatierten Wertewandels auf seiten der Konsumenten, der sie dem Luxus ohnehin kritischer gegenüberstehen lässt, immense Risiken des Imageverlusts, der sogenannten Banalisierung der Luxusmarken. Exklusivität und Vermassung heißen dann auch - etwas überspitzt formuliert - die beiden Gegenpole, zwischen denen sich das Spannungsfeld Luxus aufbaut. . Gang der Untersuchung: Hauptanliegen der vorliegenden Arbeit ist es, die spezielle Problematik des Marketings von Luxuskonsumgütern transparent zu machen und daraufhin der Situation adäquate [...]

Der Luxusmarkt in Indien: Analyse und Ableitung potentieller Markteintrittsstrategien

Ein Leitfaden fr Unternehmen

Author: Christian Hubert

Publisher: Diplomica Verlag

ISBN: 3842858442

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 76

View: 1951

Indien gehört mit einer in den letzten Jahren durchschnittlichen Wachstumsrate von 9 % zu den am stärksten expandierenden Volkswirtschaften der Welt. Begünstigt wird diese Entwicklung durch eine vorteilhafte Demografie: 2020 werden knapp 63 % der Bevölkerung der produktiven Altersschicht der 15- bis 60-jährigen angehören. Dieser Aufschwung Indiens bringt immer mehr Wohlstand ins Land. Allein die Zahl der HNWI (High Net Worth Individuals), mit einem Vermögen von über 1 Million US-Dollar ist von 61 000 im Jahr 2003 auf 126 700 im Jahr 2009 angestiegen, womit sie sich innerhalb von 6 Jahren mehr als verdoppelt hat. Aufgrund dieser Trends ist Indien auf dem Weg, fünftgrößter Konsumentenmarkt und achtgrößter Luxusmarkt der Welt zu werden. Indien ist eine parlamentarische Demokratie in der weitestgehend freie Marktwirtschaft herrscht. Überdies hat Indien ein gut entwickeltes Verwaltungs- und Rechtssystem, das den Ursprung in dem System Großbritanniens hat. Die indische Regierung öffnet zudem seit Anfang der 90er-Jahre fortwährend den Markt durch Reformen, um an Attraktivität für ausländische Unternehmen und Investoren zuzunehmen. Dennoch ist ein Eintritt in den indischen Markt sorgfältig zu planen, da Indien nach wie vor noch am Anfang der Entwicklung steht. Dieses Buch soll dabei helfen, einen Überblick über Indiens Gesamtsituation zu schaffen und mögliche Anreize für einen Eintritt in den indischen Luxusmarkt aufzuzeigen.

The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War

Author: Stephen Kinzer

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1429953527

Category: History

Page: 416

View: 1373

A joint biography of John Foster Dulles and Allen Dulles, who led the United States into an unseen war that decisively shaped today's world During the 1950s, when the Cold War was at its peak, two immensely powerful brothers led the United States into a series of foreign adventures whose effects are still shaking the world. John Foster Dulles was secretary of state while his brother, Allen Dulles, was director of the Central Intelligence Agency. In this book, Stephen Kinzer places their extraordinary lives against the background of American culture and history. He uses the framework of biography to ask: Why does the United States behave as it does in the world? The Brothers explores hidden forces that shape the national psyche, from religious piety to Western movies—many of which are about a noble gunman who cleans up a lawless town by killing bad guys. This is how the Dulles brothers saw themselves, and how many Americans still see their country's role in the world. Propelled by a quintessentially American set of fears and delusions, the Dulles brothers launched violent campaigns against foreign leaders they saw as threats to the United States. These campaigns helped push countries from Guatemala to the Congo into long spirals of violence, led the United States into the Vietnam War, and laid the foundation for decades of hostility between the United States and countries from Cuba to Iran. The story of the Dulles brothers is the story of America. It illuminates and helps explain the modern history of the United States and the world. A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of 2013

Reluctant Europeans

Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland in the Process of Integration

Author: Sieglinde Gstöhl

Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers

ISBN: 9781588260369

Category: Political Science

Page: 269

View: 8687

Analysing some 30 policy decisions across three countries and five decades, Sieglinde Gstohl considers why some countries continue to be 'reluctant Europeans' and offers insights into the problems associated with integration in an enlarging EU.

Britain, Switzerland, and the Second World War

Author: Neville Wylie

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780198206903

Category: History

Page: 394

View: 2696

This is the first comprehensive account of Britain's relations with Switzerland during World War II. It explains why Britain remained apparently so impassive towards Switzerland's financial and economic collaboration with the Axis and why it did so little to try to liberalize Switzerland's restrictive refugee policy. The extent and importance of Britain's covert activities in Switzerland are exposed for the first time.

Governance, Citizenship and the New European Football Championships

The European Spectacle

Author: Wolfram Manzenreiter,Georg Spitaler

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317988779

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 206

View: 8510

Over the past decade, European football has seen tremendous changes impacting upon its international framework as well as local traditions and national institutions. Processes of Europeanization in the fields of economy and politics provided the background for transformations of the production and consumption of football on a transnational scale. In the course of such rearrangements, football tournaments like the UEFA Championship or the European Champions League turned into mega-events and media spectacles attracting ever-growing audiences. The experience of participating in these events offers some of the very few occasions for the display and embodiment of identities within a European context. This volume takes the 2008 EUROs hosted by Austria and Switzerland as a case study to analyze the political and cultural significance of the tournament from a multidisciplinary angle. What are the special features and spatial arrangements of a UEFAesque Europe, in comparison to alternative possibilities of a Europe? Situating the sport tournament between interpretations of collective European ritual and European spectacle, the key research question will ask what kind of Europe was represented in the cultural, political and economic manifestations of the 2008 EUROs. This book was published as a special issue of Soccer and Society.

Metamorphoses of Travel Writing

Across Theories, Genres, Centuries and Literary Traditions

Author: Grzegorz Moroz

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1443820458

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 285

View: 5159

This book reflects, comments on and adds to a fast growing field of travel writing studies. The twenty-five papers in this volume rely on a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches and explore a diverse body of travel writing texts created over the last three hundred years in English, Polish, Hungarian and French. The book is divided into three parts. The first one includes papers which apply the findings of post-structuralism, generic and cultural criticism as well as narratology to explore theories, canons and genres in travel writing drawing material not only from non-fictional and fictional prose narratives but also from poetry and tragedy. The second and third parts contain papers on a wide selection of travel writing texts, both fictional and non-fictional, written in Anglophone, as well as other literary traditions. They are arranged chronologically: the second part is devoted to texts written in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, while the third part focuses on those written in the twentieth and twenty first centuries.

Legal Aspects of Doing Business in Europe [2009] III

Author: Christian, Editor Campbell

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 0557213355

Category: Business enterprises, Foreign

Page: 440

View: 3948

Vol III 2009: Monaco-United Kingdom. "Legal Aspects of Doing Business in Europe", a three-volume set with more than 1,400 pages, provides a survey of the requirements for doing business and investing in Europe. The reports are prepared by local business practitioners and offer practical insights into issues relating to selection of form for doing business, incentives, taxation, labor and employment, liabilities, and dispute resolution. Order volumes I and II to complete the set. The publication is replaced by an updated volume annually. Purchase includes 24/7 online access. A 10% discount applies to a subscription for next year's update. A 25% discount applies to a subscription for three years of updates. Discounts are applied after purchase by rebate from publisher.