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Mountain dwellers versus eco-freaks

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Year of publication2013
Author(s)Mathieu Petite
Publisher(s)Revue de Géographie Alpine
Institut de Géographie Alpine
Languageen, fr
JournalRevue de géographie alpine - Journal of Alpine Research
Publication typeJournal article
On March 11 2012, Switzerland’s initiative populaire1 “To put a stop to the invasive spread of second homes” was accepted by 50.6% of the Swiss population. This initiative was launched in 2006 by the Franz Weber Foundation to limit the number of second homes to 20% of the total housing stock in each of the Swiss communes.
The aim of this article is to analyse the arguments voiced in the media during the political campaign conducted before the vote as well as those expressed in the reactions following acceptance of the initiative.