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Université de Fribourg

Sprachkurse für Mitarbeitende der Bundesverwaltung: Evaluation und Analyse des Angebotes und dessen Nutzung : Ausführlicher Projektbericht

Christopher Guerra, Sabine ; Zurbriggen, Seraphina

In: Berichte des Wissenschaftlichen Kompetenzzentrums für Mehrsprachigkeit

Questo rapporto finale descrive le attività condotte durante il progetto (dal 1 marzo 2012 al 28 febbraio 2013) dall’Istituto di Argomentazione, Linguistica e Semiotica (Università della Svizzera italiana - USI). Il rapporto è stato approvato dai responsabili del CSP (Centro di competenza per il plurilinguismo) Prof. A. Duchêne e Dr. R. Coray e dai membri del gruppo di accompagnamento...

Université de Neuchâtel

The Role of Language in the Automatic Coding of Political Texts

Ruedin, Didier

In: Swiss Political Science Review

Automatic approaches to coding party manifestos and other political texts have become more widespread. This research note addresses the question to what extent the source language of a text affects the results. To do so, Swiss manifestos in German and French are coded automatically, comparing a keyword-based dictionary approach and Wordscores. Because of language differences, both stemming and...

Université de Neuchâtel

Obtaining Party Positions on Immigration in Switzerland: Comparing Different Methods

Ruedin, Didier

In: Swiss Political Science Review

The position of political parties on policy issues is crucial for many questions of political science, including studies of political representation. This research note examines different methods for obtaining party positions on immigration in retrospective. Party positions are obtained using pooled expert surveys, manual coding of party manifestos with a conventional codebook, manual coding of...

Università della Svizzera italiana

Weathering the global financial crisis : Is direct democracy of any help?

Jametti, Mario

The global financial crisis and the European debt crisis have loomed large over the globe, with severe consequences on government finances in many countries. Switzerland has fared relatively well throughout this crisis. In this paper, surveying a selection of empirical research on Switzerland, we argue that direct democracy might be one (but not the only) reason why Switzerland has weathered...

Università della Svizzera italiana

Elections and de facto expenditure decentralization in Canada

Jametti, Mario ; Joanis, Marcelin

This paper empirically investigates the underlying determinants of expenditure decentralization, based on the predictions of a new political economy model of partial decentralization. The analysis is based on an agency model, in which two levels of government are involved in the provision of a public good and voters are imperfectly informed about each government's contribution to the good, ...

Università della Svizzera italiana

Fertility decisions and pension reforms : evidence from natural experiments in Italy

Billari, Francesco C. ; Galasso, Vincenzo

The emergence of old-age social security has been linked to general fertility decline, and in recent years pension reforms have emerged as a response to the challenges of population ageing, in turn partially a consequence of fertility decline. Understanding the link between social security and low fertility is therefore very important. In this paper we analyse the link between fertility and...