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The Swiss Model – The Power of Democracy

Venelin Tsachevsky

The book analyses the historical evolution and modern features of Switzerland’s political system and neutrality of state, termed by the author as the Swiss model. The model is based on the principles of democracy, but at the same time possesses a specific texture. It is a result of the strongly developed direct democracy, especially the widespread application of referendums in decision-making and the consistent policy of neutrality. The author applies the historical-political and comparative method of study. The major conclusion is that the Swiss model stands for a unique combination of the representative and direct democracy which, together with the status of neutrality, has turned Switzerland into a symbol of a democratic, prosperous and peace-loving country.
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Venelin Tsachevsky was born in 1948 in Sofia. He holds a Master’s degree in international relations from the University of National and World Economy in Sofia. He worked at the Foreign Policy Research Institute „Ivan Bashev“ and later at the Institute of International Relations. In 1975 he got a PhD in international economic relations. At the age of 31 he became a senior research fellow and in 1989 he earned a second PhD in international relations.

In 1990s Venelin Tsachevsky was a counsellor in the Directоrate “European Integration” at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria. As professor of Political Studies he presented lectures on the theory of foreign relations and on Bulgarian foreign policy at the Slavic University, Veliko Tarnovo University and New Bulgarian University. In 2007–2009 he was invited as a guest professor at Helsinki University to conduct a series of lectures on South East Europe and Bulgaria’s development and foreign policy.

Venelin Tsachevsky is author of circa 350 scientific studies (books, monographs, articles) on the Bulgarian history, development and foreign policy, as well as on the security, regional relations and integration of South East Europe into the European Union and NATO. In 1993 he published a fundamental study on the Bulgarian Communism. Venelin Tsachevsky is the author of the books “The Balkans: The New South Eastern Europe”, “The Balkans: The European Choice”, “The Balkans: End of the Conflicts”, “The Balkans: The Tough Road to the United Europe”, “Bulgaria and...

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