How To Explain The Swiss Vote Against The Free Movement Of Workers

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Title: How To Explain The Swiss Vote Against The Free Movement Of Workers
Authors: Erne, Roland
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Date: 6-Mar-2014
Abstract: On 8 February 2009, almost 60 percent of Swiss voters supported the extension of the bilateral EU-Switzerland agreement on the free movement of workers to workers from Romania and Bulgaria. This clear endorsement of the free movement of Romanian and Bulgarian workers in the Swiss labour market is noteworthy because the Swiss People Party (SVP) at the time conducted an overtly xenophobic campaign against it, depicting Romanian and Bulgarian workers as black ravens that were pecking on a map of Switzerland. Whereas xenophobic inclinations may be a recurrent feature of humanity, xenophobia can hardly explain the sudden shift of Swiss voters against the free movement of all EU workers in the referendum of 9 February 2014; notably after a referendum campaign in which the SVP - for once - avoided the use of xenophobic stereotypes on its major campaign poster. (Extract)
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Social Europe Communications Ltd. and Social Europe Ltd.
Keywords: SwitzerlandFree movement of workersLabour migrationEuropean UnionEuro-skepticismSwiss People's PartyBilateral agreementsFlanking measuresReferendumTrade unions
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Business Research Collection

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