Switzerland/ 3. Competence, decision-making and administration  

3.1 Organisational structure (organigram)

The graph illustrates the important players on the federal level. The various structures for cultural support provided on the municipal and cantonal levels are quite heterogeneous and cannot be reduced to one basic model. They range from operationally separate cultural administrations with specialised staff for the different sectors of the arts and culture in most of the larger cantons and cities (e.g., Zurich, Bern, Geneva, Lausanne, Basel) to (ad hoc) committees in smaller cities responsible for culture, education, and sport at the same time.

Communes and cities play a key role. One important committee in this respect is the "Conference of Swiss Cities on Cultural Matters" (CSCC). Within the CSCC, the cultural policy delegates of the member cities meet to determine strategies for Swiss cultural policy, pass resolutions, or issue statements. Cultural policy and the promotion of culture in Switzerland should be undertaken jointly by the Swiss Confederation, the cantons, and the communes. The CSCC therefore cooperates with the Swiss Federal Office of Culture (FOC), the Pro Helvetia Foundation, and the Conference of Cantonal Directors of Culture (CCDC).

Chapter published: 13-11-2014