Table 1. Policy process delimitation and network characteristics.

Stage Formulation Decision Overall
Start Decision of Federal Council to start consultation
14 Sep 2005
Referral of proposal to Parliament
17 May 2006
Decision of Federal Council to start consultation
14 Sep 2005
End Decision of Federal Council on proposal
17 May 2006
Final decision of Parliament on reform package
22 June 2007
Final decision of Parliament on reform package
22 June 2007
Length of stage 246 days 402 days 647 days
Number of actors 22 19 28