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When the Regime goes Local: Detailed Case Description, Summary of Cases, and Description of the Swiss Institutional Soil Regime.

Resource Type
  • Braun-Dubler, Nils
  • Gmünder, Markus
  • Grêt-Regamey, Adrienne
  • Nahrath, Stéphane
  • Pflieger, Géraldine
  • Viallon, François-Xavier
  • Bombenger, Pierre-Henri
  • Schwaab, Jonas
Publication Date
  • FORS - Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences
  • CESSDA Topics Classification:
    • Land use and planning
  • Abstract

    Our research project is dealing with the question of the role of economic and ecological added and reduced values and how its redistribution improves the sustainability of qualitative and quantitative soil management policies. It focuses on the following four objectives: 1) Understanding how various types of added/reduced economic and ecological values of land/soil are created and how they interact within three of the most problematical types of (functional) spaces in Switzerland: agglomerations, tourist areas, and rural periurban areas. 2) Comparing, in a theoretical and a methodological perspective, existing and innovative new policy instruments dealing with the question of land/soil added and reduced value redistribution under the aspect of their capacity to achieve the objective of a more ecological land use. 3) Testing - through three quasi experimental/scenarios based case studies - various (sets of) existing or new policy instruments that could strengthen the redistribution of land and soil property and use rights as well as of land/soil ecological and economic added/reduced values in a more sustainable way and at a functional space scale. 4) Formulating specific, innovative and applicable policy recommendations, based on the three quasi-experimental and scenario based case studies, concerning the way of developing new redistributive institutional and policy designs, compatible with the existing federal land, soil, and subsoil property rights regimes.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1980-2030
Geographic Coverage
  • Switzerland (CH)
  • Région d'Oberaargau (BE), agglomération de Lausanne (VD)
Sampled Universe
Swiss communes of Wiedlisbach, Niederbipp, Huttwil, Lausanne, Renens, Prilly, Cheseaux
Time Dimension
  • Longitudinal
Collection Mode
  • Face-to-face interview (CAPI, CAMI, PAPI, etc.)
  • Compilation / Synthesis
The first data file (ref 16377) contains the detailed description of the cases used in the qualitative comparative analysis in Viallon, Schweizer and Varone (2019). The cases stem from one of the author's PhD (Viallon 2017:111-200). Each synthesis is structured according to the following elements: 1.The local policy problem faced by authorities, and a brief description of the historical-geographical context; 2. The actor configuration (based on Knoepfel et al. (2011)): a) The political-administrative authorities that implement land use policy objectives: cantonal and communal administrations, cantonal and communal executive and legislative bodies, and their respective administrations (if applicable); b) The target group subject to regulation, either landowners or developers; c) Third parties involved: among those who benefit from the behavioural change of target groups: planners, real estate experts, lawyers, geometers, and other counselling persons or organizations contracted by authorities or target groups; among the negatively affected parties, one can find neighbours, other rights owners, and persons or organizations that indirectly suffer from the behavioural change of the target group. The presence of third parties depends on the case considered. d) End beneficiaries: the group who benefits from the behaviour change adopted by the target group. In the syntheses, they are not systematically mentioned, when, for example, they are not present in the negotiation process, or do not play a relevant role in relation to the policy problem considered in the case; 3. The strategies chosen by the involved actors, the instruments and policy resources they mobilized4. The local regulatory arrangement that results from the implementation process. The LRA compares the output of the process with the institutional regime and land use policy objectives. The second data file (ref 16379) provides a summary of the cases prior to their coding. A commented truth table can be found in Viallon (submitted). The truth table can be found in the research article by Viallon, Schweizer, Varone (2019). The third data file (ref 16378) contains an overview on the Swiss Institutional Soil Regime. It shows the legal changes in the property rights system and public policies related to the resource soil. This data is based on the PhD of Stéphane Nahrath ( and on the PhD of François-Xavier Viallon ( Methodological aspects related to data collection can be found in Viallon (2017, submitted). References: Knoepfel, Peter, Corinne Larrue, Frédéric Varone, and Michael Hill. Public Policy Analysis. Bristol: Policy Press, 2011. Viallon, François-Xavier. Redistributive Instruments in Swiss Land Use Policy: A Discussion Based on Local Examples of Implementation. Lausanne: University of Lausanne, 2017. Viallon, François-Xavier, Rémi Schweizer, and Frédéric Varone. ‘When the Regime Goes Local: Local Regulatory Arrangements and Land Use Sustainability’. Environmental Science & Policy 96 (1 June 2019): 77–84. Viallon, François-Xavier. 'When the Regime Goes Local: Data on Case Selection and Case Syntheses'. Data in Brief, submitted.
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Update Metadata: 2019-07-08 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2019-07-08

Braun-Dubler, Nils; Gmünder, Markus; Grêt-Regamey, Adrienne; Nahrath, Stéphane; Pflieger, Géraldine et. al. (2019): When the Regime goes Local: Detailed Case Description, Summary of Cases, and Description of the Swiss Institutional Soil Regime.. Version: 1.0.0. FORS - Swiss Center for Expertise in Social Research. Dataset.