The book is a great resource for understanding the political system, whether you’re a politico or just trying to stay informed.
Throughout the book the author does an excellent job of discussing important elements such as referendums, but also including interesting tidbits – for example: the symbol of the voting sword. Until 1991, in Appenzell canton, the sword represented someone’s right to vote. Yes, you’d bring your sword to vote and actually would raise the sword to place your vote. Nowadays it’s a card, how boring!
The book is a great source of knowledge for something that many of us will never participate in, but that’s doesn’t mean we shouldn’t understand the system!