Daniel Bochsler

University of Copenhagen

University of Zurich / Zentrum für Demokratie Aarau





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Articles in peer-reviewed journals
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Kriesi, Hanspeter, Sandra Lavenex, Frank Esser, Jörg Matthes, Marc Bühlmann, and Daniel Bochsler. 2013. Democracy in the Age of Globalization and Mediatization. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan.
Dataset (Varieties of democracy) - see also Democracy Barometer

Bochsler, Daniel. 2010. Territory and Electoral Rules in Post-Communist Democracies. Houndmills: Palgrave.
Bochsler, Daniel, Christophe Koller, Pascal Sciarini, Sylvie Traimond, and Ivar Trippolini. 2004. Die Schweizer Kantone unter der Lupe. Behörden – Personal – Finanzen. Bern: Haupt.
Bochsler, Daniel, Christophe Koller, Pascal Sciarini, Sylvie Traimond, and Ivar Trippolini. 2004. Les cantons suisses sous la loupe – Autorités, employés publics, finances. Bern: Haupt. [abstract]


Special Issue


Bochsler, Daniel, Silja Häusermann, and Regula Hänggli (2015). "Consensus Lost? Disenchanted Democracy in Switzerland." Swiss Political Science Review.


Bernauer, Julian and Daniel Bochsler (eds.). 2014. Strategic Incentives in Unconventional Electoral Systems. Representation 50(1).


Articles in peer-reviewed journals

Bochsler, Daniel (forthcoming). The strategic effect of the plurality vote at the district level. Electoral Studies.  
Bochsler, Daniel, and Basil Schläpfer (2016). "An Indirect Approach to Map Ethnic Identities in Post-Conflict Societies." Ethnopolitics 15 (5):467-86.
Bochsler, Daniel & Schläpfer, Basil (2016). The normative trap in ethnopolitical research. Ethnopolitics 15 (5):493-6..
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Bochsler, Daniel, Mueller, Sean & Bernauer, Julian (2016). An Ever Closer Union? The Nationalisation of Political Parties in Switzerland, 1991-2015. Swiss Political Science Review 22(1): 29-40.
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Bochsler, Daniel, Marlène Gerber, and David Zumbach. 2016. "The 2015 National Elections in Switzerland : Renewed polarization and shift to the right." Regional and Federal Studies 26 (1):95-106.
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Bochsler, Daniel (2015). 'Bending the Rules: Electoral Strategies Under Mixed Electoral Systems.' Representation 51 (2):261-7.
Bochsler, Daniel, Silja Häusermann, and Regula Hänggli (2015). "Consensus Lost? Disenchanted Democracy in Switzerland." Swiss Political Science Review.

Bochsler, Daniel, and Karima Bousbah (2015). Competitive Consensus. What comes after consociationalism in Switzerland? Swiss Political Science Review, forthcoming.
Supplementary material.

Bochsler, Daniel, and Simon Hug (2015). How minorities fare under referendums. A cross-national study. Electoral Studies 38: 206-216.
Leemann, Lucas, and Daniel Bochsler (2014). A Systematic Approach to Study Electoral Fraud. Electoral Studies 35:33-47.  
Bochsler, Daniel, and Julian Bernauer (2014). Strategic Incentives in Unconventional Electoral Systems: Introduction to the Special Issue. Representation 50(1), 1-12.  
Bochsler, Daniel (2014). Which mixed-member proportional electoral formula fits you best? Assessing the proportionality principle of positive vote transfer systems. Representation, 50(1), 113-127.
Bochsler, Daniel, and Edina Szöcsik (2013). The Forbidden Fruit of Federalism. Evidence from Romania and Slovakia. West European Politics 36(2), 442-462.
Bochsler, Daniel, and Edina Szöcsik (2013). Building inter-ethnic bridges or promoting ethno-territorial demarcation lines? Hungarian minority parties in competition. Nationalities Papers 41(5): 761-779.

Bochsler, Daniel (2013). "Radicalizing Electoral System Effects on Support for Nationalist Hardliners." Nations and Nationalism, 19(1), 21-43.
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Schneider, Carsten Q., Daniel Bochsler, and Mihail Chiru. forthcoming. "Comparative politics in central and eastern europe: Mapping publications over the past 20 years." European Political Science.
Codebook - Dataset csv

Zollinger, Daniel, and Daniel Bochsler, 2012. "Minority representation in a semi-democratic regime: the Georgian case." Democratization 19(4), 611-641.
Bochsler, Daniel, 2012. "A quasi-proportional electoral system "only for honest men"? The hidden potential for manipulating mixed compensatory electoral systems." International Political Science Review 33(4), 401-420.
Bochsler, Daniel. 2012. " When two of the same are needed: A multi-level model of intra-group party competition." Nationalism and Ethnic Politics 18(2), 216-241.
Dataset csv / Tosmana

Bochsler, Daniel. 2012. "Non-discriminatory rules and ethnic representation: the election of the Bosnian state presidency." Ethnopolitics 11(1): 66-84.
Bernauer, Julian, and Daniel Bochsler. 2011. "Electoral Entry and Success of Ethnic Minority Parties in Central and Eastern Europe: A Hierarchical Selection Model." Electoral Studies 30(4), 738-755.
Bochsler, Daniel. 2011. "It is not how many votes you get, but also where you get them. Territorial determinants and institutional hurdles for the success of ethnic minority parties in post-communist countries." Acta Politica 46 (3): 217-38.
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Dataset csv / Tosmana

Bochsler, Daniel. 2010. "Who gains from apparentments under D’Hondt?" Electoral Studies 29 (4):617-27.

Bochsler, Daniel and Pascal Sciarini. 2010. "So close but so far: party utility and party choice for left-wing parties in the Swiss national elections 2003-2007." Swiss Political Science Review, 16(3):373-402.

Bochsler, Daniel. 2010. "The Nationalisation of Post-Communist Party Systems." Europe-Asia Studies 62 (5):807-27.

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Bochsler, Daniel. 2010. "The Marquis de Condorcet goes to Bern." Public Choice 144 (1-2):119-31.

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Bochsler, Daniel. 2010. "Measuring party nationalisation: A new Gini-based indicator that corrects for the number of units." Electoral Studies 29 (1):155-68.
calculate the standardised party nationalisation score with an Excel application

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Bochsler, Daniel. 2010. "Electoral Rules and the Representation of Ethnic Minorities in Post-Communist Democracies." European Yearbook of Minority Issues, 2007/8 7:153-80.
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Bochsler, Daniel. 2009. "Are mixed electoral systems the best choice for Central and Eastern Europe or the reason for defective party systems?" Politics and Policy 37 (4):735-67.
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Bochsler, Daniel. 2009. "Neighbours or friends? When Swiss cantonal governments cooperate with each other." Regional and Federal Studies 19 (3):349-70.

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Bochsler, Daniel. 2008. "Hawk in Dove’s Clothing: Political Trajectories of Political Parties in Serbia, 2003–2008." Central European Political Studies Review 10(4):292-319.
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Bochsler, Daniel. 2008. "The presidential election in Serbia, January-February 2008." Electoral Studies 27 (4):745-8. link
Bochsler, Daniel. 2008. "The parliamentary elections in Serbia, 21 January 2007." Electoral Studies 27 (1):160-5. link

Bochsler, Daniel. 2006. "Ethnic diversity, electoral system constraints and the nationalisation of political parties. A triangle model, applied on the Central and Eastern European countries." CEU Political Science Journal 1 (4):6-37.

Bochsler, Daniel, and Pascal Sciarini. 2006. "Neue Indikatoren zur Bestimmung der arithmetischen Regierungskonkordanz." Swiss Political Science Review 12 (1):105-22.

Bochsler, Daniel. 2005. "The 'normalisation' of party systems and voting behaviour in Eastern Europe." Romanian Journal of Political Science 5 (1):53-74.



Papers in other academic journals, edited volumes, translations

Bochsler, Daniel. 2017. "Lo stemperamento dei contorni politici dei Cantoni svizzeri." In Il federalismo svizzero. Attori, strutture e processi, ed. S. Mueller and A. Giudici. Locarno: Dadò.  
Bochsler, Daniel, and Fabio Wasserfallen. 2013. "Switzerland: Moving towards a nationalized party system." In Regional and National Elections in Western Europe. Territoriality of the Vote in Thirteen Countries, ed. R. Dandoy and A. H. Schakel. Basingstoke/Houndmills: Palgrave.  

Bousbah, Karima S. and Bochsler, Daniel (2013): "Quoren als strategische Falle der Demokratie", in Bürgerbeteiligung und direkte Demokratie in Deutschland und der Schweiz, ed. A. Auer and K. Holzinger. Schulthess. pp. 79-94.


Bochsler, Daniel, and Hanspeter Kriesi. 2013. Varieties of democracy. In Kriesi, Hanspeter, Sandra Lavenex, Frank Esser, Jörg Matthes, Marc Bühlmann, and Daniel Bochsler. Democracy in the Age of Globalization and Mediatization. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan.

Szöcsik, Edina, and Daniel Bochsler (2013). All jointly or everyone on its own? On fissions and fusions of ethnic minority parties. In J. Danero Iglesias, N. Stojanović and S. Weinblum (Eds.), New Nation-States and National Minorities. Colchester: ECPR Press.

Bochsler, Daniel. 2011. "Nediskriminativna pravila i etnička predstavljenost: izbor državnog Predsedništva BiH". Status Magazine for political culture and society issues 15/2011: 71-82.
also published in Godišnjak V(5), Univerzitet u Beogradu, Fakultet političkih nauka, 2011.

Cholova, Blagovesta, and Daniel Bochsler. 2011. "From big political change to permanent change of governments. The logic of 20 years of political party competition in Central and Eastern Europe." In Twenty Years After the Breakdown of Communism in CEE: Promises, Meanings and Implications of 1989, ed. N. Hayoz, L. Jesien and D. Koleva.  
Bochsler, Daniel. 2011. "Let the people decide? Learning from Swiss direct democracy in a comparative perspective." Transitions (special issue, ed. Sylvie Ramel and Francis Cheneval).
Bochsler, Daniel. 2010. "Was bringen Wahlallianzen? Links-grüne Parteien und deren Listenverbindungen im d'Hondtschen Verhältniswahlrecht der Schweizer Nationalratswahlen von 1995 bis 2007." Zeitschrift für Parlamentsfragen 41 (4):855-73.
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Bochsler, Daniel. 2010. "Komünizm Sonrası Demokrasilerde Seçim Sistemleri ve Etnik Azınlıkların Temsili. " In: Seçim Sistemleri ve Etnik Azınlıkların Parlamenter Temsili, ed. E. Erkan. Beta Bası, Istanbul, pp. 37-64.  
Bochsler, Daniel. 2010. "Regional party systems in Serbia." In Party politics in the Western Balkans, ed. V. Stojarová and P. Emerson. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 131-50.
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Bochsler, Daniel. 2010. "The party system of Serbia." In Party politics in the Western Balkans, ed. V. Stojarová and P. Emerson. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 99-118.
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Bochsler, Daniel. 2010. "L'union fait la force: les apparentements de listes au sein de la gauche." In La recomposition de la gauche. Analyse du vote PS et Verts en Suisse, ed. S. Nicolet and P. Sciarini. Genève: Georg, pp. 361-394.  
Bochsler, Daniel. 2010. "Horizontale Zusammenarbeit als Lösung des Problems der Kleinräumigkeit im Schweizer Föderalismus? Eine quantitative Perspektive." In Herausforderung HarmoS - Bildungspolitik, Föderalismus und Demokratie auf dem Prüfstein, ed. : Auer, A/Kübler, D.. Schulthess.  
Bochsler, Daniel. 2009. Neka narod odluči? Pouke švicarske direktne demokratije u komparativnoj perspektivi, in Puls demokratije, Sarajevo. (Serbo-Croatian translation of 'Let the people decide?', 2009.) link
Bochsler, Daniel. 2008. "A QAP Network Analysis of Intergovernmental Cooperation between Swiss Cantons." In Why Context Matters. Applications of Social Network Analysis ed. T. Friemel. Berlin: Springer, pp. 141-161.
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Bochsler, Daniel. 2007. "How Proportional are Mixed CMompensatory Electoral Systems? Determining the Necessary Share of Compensation Mandates in Mixed Systems." In Symposium: Democracy and Its Development. Paper G07-01. Center for the Study of Democracy, Irvine. 248kB
Bochsler, Daniel, and Pascal Sciarini. 2006. "Konkordate und Regierungskonferenzen. Standbeine des horizontalen Föderalismus." Leges 2006/1:23-41.
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Sciarini, Pascal, and Daniel Bochsler. 2006. "Réforme du fédéralisme suisse: contribution, promesses et limites de la collaboration intercantonale." In Contributions à l'action publique. Beiträge zum öffentlichen Handeln, ed. J.-L. Chappelet. Lausanne/Bern: Presses polytechniques et universitaires romandes/Haupt, pp. 267-85.
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Bochsler, Daniel. 2006. "Electoral engineering and inclusion of ethnic groups. How to integrate ethnic minorities into Central and Eastern European institutions." Compasss working paper, 2006-38.
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  Last update: 9 January 2017