What is the situation in Swiss municipalities? How much autonomy do they really have? And above all, which instruments and strategies do the cantons use to promote a communal landscape that meets current and future requirements?

These and many other questions are answered by Avenir Suisse’s fourth canton monitoring survey. The extensive study comes up with surprising results: By clinging to an overly narrow and legalistic understanding of their autonomy, the municipalities are putting their very autonomy at risk. And: Commune mergers do not contribute to endangering government service provision, but rather to saving its proximity to citizens.