Economist.com: “The disadvantage of the Swiss political system is that it grinds very slowly. It also builds a conservative bias into most decisions, because most Swiss people are not gung-ho innovators. They did not agree to give women the vote in federal elections until 1971, much later than in most other rich countries. They did not join the UN until 2002, after several abortive attempts. They have put EU membership firmly on ice for the foreseeable future and may not defrost it for decades, if ever.”
I will examine federalism and subsidiarity in a more systematic and comparitive fashion when given the opportunity.