1. Monographs

Linder, Wolf, and Sean Mueller. 2017. Schweizerische Demokratie: Institutionen, Prozesse, Perspektiven. 4., komplett überarbeitete Neuauflage. Bern: Haupt. Buy here

Mueller, Sean. 2015. Theorising Decentralisation: Comparative Evidence from Subnational Switzerland. Colchester: ECPR Press. Buy here
[–> Reviews: Wolf Linder in Swiss Political Science Review, Jan Erk in Regional & Federal Studies]

2. Edited Volumes

Mueller, Sean, and Adrian Vatter (eds.). 2020. Der Ständerat: Die Zweite Kammer der Schweiz. Zürich: NZZ Libro. Buy here

Mueller, Sean, and Anja Giudici (eds.). 2017. Federalismo Svizzero: Attori, Strutture, Processi. Locarno: Armando Dadò. Buy here

Mazzoleni, Oscar, and Sean Mueller (eds.). 2016. Regionalist Parties in Western Europe: Dimensions of Success.London & New York: Routledge. Buy here

Gagnon, Alain-G., Soeren Keil and Sean Mueller (eds.). 2015. Understanding Federalism and Federation. London & New York: Routledge. Buy here

3. Special Issues and Symposia

Mueller, Sean, and Nathalie Behnke (eds.). 2017. Better Together? The Politics of Intergovernmental Relations in Federal Systems. Special Issue of Regional & Federal Studies 27:5. pdf

Mueller, Sean, David Siroky and Michael Hechter (eds.). 2016. Power, Territory and Nationalism: Center-Periphery Bargaining in the Age of Democracy. Special Issue of Swiss Political Science Review 22:4. pdf

Mueller, Sean, Adrian Vatter and Markus Freitag (eds.). 2016. Switzerland’s New Challenge: Governing After the 2015 Elections. Symposium, Swiss Political Science Review 22:1, 1–74.

Freitag, Markus, Adrian Vatter and Sean Mueller (eds.). 2015. Switzerland’s Immigration Challenge: A Symposium. Swiss Political Science Review 21:1, 1–98.

Burgess, Michael, Soeren Keil and Sean Mueller (eds.). 2013. Federalism and Identity. Special Issue of Federal Governance 10:2.

4. Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

Mueller, Sean, and Anja Heidelberger. 2020. Should we stay or should we join? 30 years of Sovereignism and direct democracy in Switzerland. European Politics and Society 21(2): 182–201. pdf

Mueller, Sean. 2019. Catalonia: Perils of Majoritarianism. Journal of Democracy 30(2): 142–56. pdf

Mueller, Sean, and Michael Hechter. 2019. Centralization through decentralization? The crystallization of social order in the European Union. Territory, Politics, Governance, early view, DOI: 10.1080/21622671.2019.1676300. pdf

Dardanelli, Paolo, and Sean Mueller. 2019. Dynamic De/Centralisation in Switzerland, 1848–2010. Publius: The Journal of Federalism 49(1): 138–65. pdf

Dardanelli, Paolo, John Kincaid, Alan Fenna, André Kaiser, André Lecours, Ajay Kumar Singh, Sean Mueller and Stephan Vogel. 2019. Dynamic De/Centralization in Federations: Comparative Conclusions. Publius: The Journal of Federalism 49(1): 194–219. pdf

Gerber, Marlène, Hanspeter Schaub and Sean Mueller. 2019. O sister, where art thou? Theory and evidence on female participation at citizen assemblies. European Journal of Politics & Gender 2(2): 173–95. pdf

Mueller, Sean, Marc Bühlmann and Maxime Zuber. 2019. Squaring the Circle: The Geometry of Power-Sharing in the Swiss Canton of Berne. Ethnopolitics 18(2): 158–77. pdf

Mueller, Sean, and Julian Bernauer. 2018. Party Unity in Federal Disunity: Determinants of decentralised policy-seeking in Switzerland. West European Politics 41(3): 565–93. pdf

Gerber, Marlène, and Sean Mueller. 2018. When the people speak – and decide: deliberation and direct democracy in the citizen assembly of Glarus, Switzerland. Policy & Politics 46(3): 371–90. pdf

Behnke, Nathalie, and Sean Mueller. 2017. The purpose of intergovernmental councils: A framework for analysis and comparison. Regional & Federal Studies 27(5): 507–27.

Schnabel, Johanna, and Sean Mueller. 2017. Vertical Influence or Horizontal Coordination? The Purpose of Intercantonal Conferences in Switzerland. Regional & Federal Studies 27(5): 549–72.

Siroky, David, Sean Mueller and Michael Hechter. 2017. Cultural Legacies and Political Preferences: The Failure of Separatism in the Swiss Jura. European Political Science Review 9(2): 303–27. pdf

Mueller, Sean, Adrian Vatter and Charlie Schmid. 2017. Self-Interest vs. Solidarity? The referendum on fiscal equalisation in Switzerland. Statistics, Politics and Policy 7(1–2): 3–28. pdf

Mueller, Sean, Adrian Vatter and Tobias Arnold. 2017. State Capture from Below? The Contradictory Effects of Decentralisation on Public Spending. Journal of Public Policy 37(4): 363–400. pdf

Mazzoleni, Oscar, and Sean Mueller. 2017. Cross-Border Integration through Contestation? Regionalist Parties and Media in the Swiss-Italian Borderland. Journal of Borderlands Studies 32(2): 173–92. pdf

Mueller, Sean. 2016. Fewer, Bigger – Stronger? The Political Consequences of Local Government Mergers in Switzerland. Yearbook of Swiss Administrative Sciences, 52–64.

Mueller, Sean, and Oscar Mazzoleni. 2016. Regionalist Protest through Shared Rule? Peripherality and the Use of Cantonal Initiatives in Switzerland. Regional & Federal Studies 26(1): 45–71. pdf

Bochsler, Daniel, Sean Mueller and Julian Bernauer. 2016. An Ever Closer Union? The Nationalisation of Political Parties in Switzerland, 1991–2015. Swiss Political Science Review 22(1): 29–40. pdf

Mueller, Sean, and Paolo Dardanelli. 2014. Langue, culture politique et centralisation en Suisse. Revue Internationale de Politique Comparée 21(4): 83–104. Dossier thématique « Les sociétés plurilingues en débat », ed. Min Reuchamps.

Mueller, Sean. 2014. Shared Rule in Federal Political Systems: Conceptual Lessons from Subnational Switzerland. Publius: The Journal of Federalism 44(1): 82–108.

Albertazzi, Daniele, and Sean Mueller. 2013. Populism and Liberal Democracy: Populists in Government in Austria, Italy, Poland and Switzerland. Government & Opposition 48(3): 343–71. Special issue in memory of Ghita Ionescu, ed. Ingrid van Biezen & Helen Wallace.

Mueller, Sean, and Soeren Keil, 2013. The Territoriality of Fiscal Solidarity: Comparing Swiss Equalisation with European Union Structural Funding. Perspectives on Federalism 5(1): 122–48.

Mueller, Sean. 2013. Conflicting Cantonalisms: Disputed Sub-national Territorial Identities in Switzerland. L’Europe en Formation 369, 86–102. Special issue on “Small Worlds: Constituent Units in Federal States and Federal Political Systems”, ed. Michael Burgess & Soeren Keil.

Mueller, Sean. 2012. Federalism and the Concept of Political Territoriality: Towards an Analytical Framework for Comparative Territorial Politics. L’Europe en Formationno. 363, 95–120. Special issue on “A New Era of Federalism”, ed. Francesco Palermo & Elisabeth Alber.

Mueller, Sean. 2011. The Politics of Local Autonomy: Measuring Cantonal (De)Centralisation in Switzerland. Space and Polity 15(3): 213–239.

Mueller, Sean. 2007. The Conflict between Basescu and Tariceanu – A Governmental System Viewpoint. Sfera Politicii–Romanian Political Science Journal 126–127, 50–61.

5. Book Chapters

Mueller, Sean. Federalism and Direct Democracy in Switzerland: Competing or Complementary? Forthcoming in Federal Democracies at Work. Varieties of Complex Government, ed. Arthur Benz & Jared Sonnicksen. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Mueller, Sean. Federalism and the Politics of Shared Rule. Forthcoming in A Research Agenda for Federalism Studies,ed. John Kincaid. Cheltenham/UK: Edward Elgar.

Mueller, Sean and Adrian Vatter. Switzerland (Swiss Confederation). Forthcoming in Handbook of Federal Countries 2018, ed. Forum of Federations.

Mueller, Sean. 2019. Chi è a favore dell’UE? Le dimensioni territoriali dell’europeismo svizzero, 1992–2014. In Svizzera-Unione europea: un rapporto irrisolto, ed. Oscar Mazzoleni & Paolo Dardanelli. Locarno: Armando Dadò, 193–211.

Mueller, Sean. 2019. Parliamoci! Föderale Sprachenvielfalt als Zeichen funktionierender Konkordanz? In Konkordanz im Parlament: Entscheidungsfindung zwischen Kooperation und Konkurrenz, ed. Marc Bühlmann, Anja Heidelberger & Hans-Peter Schaub. Zurich: NZZ Verlag, 71–90.

torz, Anna and Sean Mueller. 2018. Parlamentarische Kontrolle: Parteipolitik oder Machtteilung? Die PUK-Anträge im Schweizer Parlament. In Ohnmacht des Parlaments? Die schweizerischen Legislativen unter Druck, ed. Adrian Vatter. Zurich: NZZ Verlag, 165–96.

Storz, Anna and Sean Mueller. 2018. Parlamentarische Kontrolle: Parteipolitik oder Machtteilung? Die PUK-Anträge im Schweizer Parlament. In Ohnmacht des Parlaments? Die schweizerischen Legislativen unter Druck, ed. Adrian Vatter. Zurich: NZZ Verlag, 165–96.

Mueller, Sean and Vatter, Adrian. 2016. Federalism and Decentralisation in Switzerland. In Federal Power-Sharing in Europe, ed. Ferdinand Karlhofer and Günther Pallaver Baden-Baden: Nomos, 39–63.

Mueller, Sean and Vatter, Adrian. 2016. Die Schweiz: Reföderalisierung und schleichende Zentralisierung im Schatten der direkten Demokratie. In Föderale Kompetenzverteilung in Europa, ed. A. Gamper et al. Baden-Baden: Nomos, 67–101.

Mazzoleni, Oscar and Sean Mueller. 2016. Introduction: Explaining the policy success of regionalistparties in Western Europe. In Regionalist Parties in Western Europe, ed. Oscar Mazzoleni & Sean Mueller. London & New York: Routledge, 1–21.

Mazzoleni, Oscar, Sean Mueller and Emilie van Haute. 2016. Conclusion. In Regionalist Parties in Western Europe, ed. Oscar Mazzoleni & Sean Mueller. London & New York: Routledge, 169–88.

Bernauer, Julian, and Sean Mueller. 2015. Einheit in der Vielfalt oder Vielfalt in der Einheit? Ausmass und Gründe der Nationalisierung von Schweizer Parteien. In Wahlen und Wähler in der Schweiz: Analysen anlässlich der eidgenössischen Wahlen 2015, ed. Adrian Vatter & Markus Freitag. Zurich: NZZ Verlag, 325–54.

Gagnon, Alain-G., Soeren Keil & Sean Mueller. 2015. Introduction. InUnderstanding Federalism & Federation,ed. A.-G. Gagnon, S. Keil & Sean Mueller. London: Ashgate.

Mueller, Sean. 2015. Switzerland: Federalism as an Ideology of Balance. In Understanding Federalism & Federation,ed. A.-G. Gagnon, S. Keil & Sean Mueller. London: Ashgate.

Vatter, Adrian and Sean Mueller. 2014. Regionalismus als Ausweg aus der Krise. In Aus der Krise lernen: Auf dem Weg zu einer weltoffenen und humanen Gesellschaft, ed. Erwin Teufel & Winfried Mack. Freiburg i.Br.: Herder-Verlag, 153–65.

Mueller, Sean. 2009. Fiscal Decentralisation in Switzerland. In Foreign Experience of Intergovernmental Fiscal Innovations, ed. Vladimir Klimanov. Moscow: IROF, 11–35.

6. Book Reviews

Andreas Wimmer (2018): Nation building: why some countries come together while others fall apart. Regional & Federal Studies (September 2018).

Oscar Mazzoleni (2017): Les défis du régionalisme politique en Suisse: Le Tessin et ses relations avec Berne. Swiss Political Science Review 24:1 (March 2018), 98–100.

Alan Tarr & Michael Burgess (eds.) (2012): Constitutional Dynamics in Federal Systems: Sub-national Perspectives.”Regional & Federal Studies 24:3 (May 2014), 401–4.

Frédéric Bouhon & Min Reuchamps (eds.) (2012): Les systèmes électoraux de la Belgique. Revue française de science politique 63:6 (December 2013), 1194–5.

Min Reuchamps (2011): L’avenir du fédéralisme en Belgique et au Canada: Quand les citoyens en parlent. Revue canadiennede science politique 46:3 (September 2013), 736–7.

Sonia Alonso (2012): Challenging the State: Devolution and the Battle for Partisan Credibility. A Comparison of Belgium, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom. Swiss Political Science Review 18:4 (December 2012), 543–5.

Nicole Bolleyer (2009): Intergovernmental Cooperation. Rational Choice in Federal Systems and Beyond. Regional & Federal Studies 22:3 (July 2012), 355–6.

Kyle Scott (2011): Federalism. A Normative Theory and its Practical Relevance. Swiss Political Science Review 18:1 (March 2012), 144–6.

7. Reports, Notes & Replies

Arens, Alexander, Tobias Arnold, Sean Mueller and Adrian Vatter. 2017. Föderalismus und Dezentralisierung in der Schweiz: Die politischen Effekte der Föderalismusreform NFA. In Jahrbuch des Föderalismus 2017, ed. Europäisches Zentrum für Föderalismusforschung Tübingen. Baden-Baden: Nomos, 184-195.

Gerber, Marlène, Hans-Peter Schaub & Sean Mueller. 2016. Forschungsbericht über die Umfrage zur Landsgemeinde Glarus. Bern: Institut für Politikwissenschaft.

Mueller, Sean and Marlène Gerber. 2016. The parliamentary and executive elections in Switzerland, 2015. Electoral Studies 43 (September), 194–97.

Bühlmann, Marc, and Sean Mueller. 2015. Mischverfassung statt Mehrheitsentscheidung. Erwägen–Wissen–Ethik 2015/1, 102–4.

Mueller, Sean. 2014. The parliamentary and executive elections in the Republic of Georgia, 2012. Electoral Studies 34, 342–46.

Mueller, Sean and Paolo Dardanelli. 2013. Notes on recent elections: The parliamentary and executive elections in Switzerland, 2011. Electoral Studies 32:1, 197–201.

8. Blog Post

(With Marlène Gerber) “Glarner Landsgemeinde: Bürgerforum oder Werbemarkt der ‘classe politique’?”, at (4.5.18)

(With Johanna Schnabel and Nathalie Behnke) “Der bessere Ständerat? Regierungskonferenzen im Schweizer Föderalismus”, at (9.2.18)

(With David Zumbach) “Föderale Vielfalt im Schweizer Parlament”, at (21.12.17)

(With Rahel Freiburghaus) “Vom Einfluss der Städte auf Bundesebene”, at (29.9.17)

“Tinker, Tailor, Soldier … Foreign Minister? The runners and riders for Switzerland’s new federal councillor”, at LSE Europop (18.9.17)

(With Nenad Stojanovic and Anja Giudici) “The Best of Both Worlds? Der Bundesrat, das Tessin und die Geschlechtergleichheit”, at (12.7.17)

(With Nenad Stojanovic and Anja Giudici) “The Best of Both Worlds? Il Consiglio Federale, la Svizzera italiana e la questione femminile”, at (12.7.17)

(With Jonanna Künzler) “Vom Tanzen auf mehreren Hochzeiten”, at Institut für Föderalismus Innsbruck/

“Warum zentralisieren?”, at (11.1.16)

“Moutier, Quo Vadis?”, at (18.2.16)

(With Marlène Gerber) “4 cool graphs that explain Sunday’s Swiss elections”, at The Monkey Cage/ (23.10.15)

(With Marlène Gerber) “It’s confusing when the Swiss go to the polls. Here are 6 surprising things about their elections”, at The Monkey Cage (16.10.15)

(With Thomas Milic) “Direct democracy in Switzerland: Yes to the army, vaccinations, and petrol station shops”, at The Monkey Cage (23.10.13)

“Post-Election Report: 2012 Georgian Parliamentary Election”, at The Monkey Cage (2.10.12)

“The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: 2012 Georgian Parliamentary Elections Pre-Election Report”, at The Monkey Cage (29.9.12)

(With Paolo Dardanelli) “Switzerland’s Post-Election Report: 2011 Parliamentary Elections, at The Monkey Cage (25.10.11)