Kåre Andersen, Marie-Louise Bøving-Andersen, Morten Hansen, Laurits Stapput Knudsen, Søren Koefoed Larsen, Anton Ian Nielsen, Niklas Schultze Oreskov & Caroline Sylvang Videriksen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


In this report we evaluate the referendum to ban minarets in Switzerland in 2009. Through the political thinkers Hal Koch, Alf Ross and Robert Dahl we have analyzed the election to analyze the political and social consequences the election has had for the public in Switzerland. Unlike any other country in the world, Swiss citizens have the right to demand a change in constitution if they manage to collect 100.000 signatures within 180 days. In 2009 the Swiss People’s Party began a campaign to collect signatures to ban minarets in Switzerland. The election was held and the result turned out in favor of SVP with an election result of 57.5% against minarets. The ban raised a number of questions regarding equality, religious beliefs and the political constitution in Switzerland. We have discussed the issues regarding the outcome of the election, and the election itself. Is a referendum the preferred means of voting when it can inflict the religious rights of the muslim minority in Switzerland? We have argued that the general public and voters were not adequately educated or informed to make a fair decision. Partly because they were influenced by populistic right-wing propaganda used by SVP. Furthermore we have argued that the public discussion was in favour of the right wing and lacked a substantial communication between the muslim community and the general public who voted.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato21 jan. 2015


  • Democracy
  • Switzerland