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The partisan politics of gold: Switzerland and the sale of gold

Duckenfield, Mark (2006) The partisan politics of gold: Switzerland and the sale of gold. West European Politics, 29 (1). pp. 113-133. ISSN 0140-2382

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Identification Number: 10.1080/01402380500389315


This explores the relative strength of social, economic and political factors in determining public attitudes towards the sale of a portion of Switzerland’s gold reserves and how the money realized from these sales should be used. Partisan political allegiance is the major factor in determining attitudes towards gold sales in Switzerland in the early 2000s. Cantons and individuals that had supported the Swiss People’s Party were more inclined to support its Gold Initiative than supporters of the Swiss Social Democratic Party which actively campaigned against it. In addition, generational and class factors played a role in determining attitudes with older and less affluent voters being more inclined to support the Gold Initiative than younger and more prosperous Swiss voters.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2006 Taylor & Francis
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Sets: Departments > International Relations
Date Deposited: 30 May 2008 13:35
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2019 08:34
Funders: World Gold Council

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