Talk:Social Democratic Party of Switzerland

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I did not find any mention of the presidents from 1889 to 1937. Can anyone add the missing ones? PatriceNeff 16:36 3 Jun 2003 (UTC)

First paragraph[edit]

Did anyone notice that the first paragraph says the Social Democratic Party of Switzerland is a social-democratic party in Switzerland? That seems like the quintessence of redundancy. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Mikenucklesii (talkcontribs) 16:40, 3 October 2008 (UTC)

democratic socialism added[edit]

the democratic socialism is the aim of this party. this is written in the party program. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Doncan94 (talkcontribs) 13:40, 28 June 2012 (UTC)


Dear Wikipedia,

I have note that Autospark has been changing some information without reference. According to the source, SP wants the overcome of capitalism and according to the media, the party is clearly left-wing. I noted that some people want to promote their point of view which is not fair. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:36, 21 June 2016 (UTC)

@Autospark: According to Andreas Ladner (pol. scientist at the University of Lausanne), the SPS is indeed a lot further to the left than most social democratic parties in other European countries. He has analysed the programmes of Swiss parties and compared them with other European parties (using the EU profiler of 2009) and has found that (surprisingly!) SPS has the biggest overlap with Galician Nationalist Bloc, Portuguese Unitary Democratic Coalition and German Die Linke, a lot more than with German or Austrian social democrats, let alone the British Labour Party. According to Ladner, Switzerland has the most polarised party system in Europe: he has calculated a "polarisation index" of more than 25 (the least polarised country, Malta, has less than 5). Ladner's explanation for this phenomenon is the Swiss political system (Konkordanz government of the four major parties) and the existence of a number of distinctly centrist parties (FDP, CVP, BDP, GLP). Unlike in other European countries, where the major social democratic and conservative parties have to adopt a moderate tone in order to win over the centrist electorate, if they want to win the election, the two biggest Swiss parties (SPS and SVP) are "wing parties" (Flügelparteien) who don't even try to win the centre ground (as it is already taken by the centrist parties), but rather try to mobilise their respective clientele by taking trenchantly left-wing and right-wing (respectively) positions. Instead, the moderation process takes place after the election within the Konkordanz government where all parties have to find compromises. Therefore the Swiss Social democrats (and Greens) are further to the left than most of their counterparts in other European countries, while the SVP, of course, is a lot further to the right than mainstream European conservatives. Kind regards, --RJFF (talk) 19:29, 21 June 2016 (UTC)

RJFF, thank you for clarifying that in a decent level of detaill and in good faith.--Autospark (talk) 17:39, 22 June 2016 (UTC)