Study title
Assessing the trend towards new regionalism
Ref study 11488
Study language English
Contributing institutions
  • Democracy
  • Switzerland
  • Metropolitan governance
  • New regionalism
Oct 2005 to Sep 2009
Geographical space
Since the beginning of the 1990s, capacity of area-wide governance in urban regions is seen to rely increasingly on issue-oriented networks that associate public authorities from various levels of government, and often also business actors and other non-governmental agencies. The purpose of this project is to assess this trend towards ‘new regionalism’, through an analysis of the ways in which the conditions, the structures and the democratic anchorage of area-wide governance have changed in seven Swiss metropolitan areas during the 20th century. The research is guided by three basic questions: How have socio-political cleavages changed in the metropolitan areas under scrutiny? How has governance of these areas changed? How have patterns of decision making regarding metropolitan policies changed? The project combines quantitative and qualitative methods. On the one hand, longitudinal quantitative demographic, socio-economic and electoral data at the communal level will be collected and analysed for each metropolitan area. On the other hand, comparative case studies will be conducted on the change of urban public transport policies in these areas.
Methods (description)
Methods (instruments)
Replicated study No
  • Kübler, Daniel; Scheuss, Urs. 2005. Metropolitanization and political change in Switzerland. In: V. Hoffmann-Martinot & J. Sellers (eds.) Metropolitanization and political change, Opladen: Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, pp. 211-229.
  • Scheuss, Urs; Kübler, Daniel. 2007. New Developments in Swiss Metropolitan Areas: the Lost Dimension Found?. In: J.-P. Collin and M. Robertson (eds.): Governing Metropolises: Profiles of Issues and Experiments on Four Continents. Québec: Les Presses de L’Université Laval, pp. 165-185.
  • Kübler, Daniel; Koch, Philippe. 2008. Re-scaling network governance. The evolution of public transport management in two Swiss agglomerations. Flux. International scientific quarterly on networks and territories, no 72-73, pp. 108-119. Online:
  • Koch, Philippe. 2011. Governancewandel und Demokratie in Schweizer Agglomerationen. Baden-Baden: Nomos.
  • Koch, Philippe. 2013. Overestimating the shift from government to governance: Evidence from Swiss metropolitan areas. Governance, 26(3), 397–423. Online: 10.1111/j.1468-0491.2012.01600.x
  • Van der Heiden, Nico; Koch, Philippe; Kübler, Daniel. 2013. Rescaling metropolitan governance: examining discourses and conflicts in two Swiss metropolitan areas. Urban Research & Practice, 6(1), 40-53. Online: 10.1080/17535069.2012.762211
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Ethical approval No
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Source (Updates) Web
Date created 23.01.2014
Date modified 23.01.2014
Start - End date 01.10.2005 - 30.09.2009