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Intergovernmental Relations in the 1980s

Intergovernmental relations in West German cooperative federalism have often been criticized as inefficient and inflexible. The abolition of joint policymaking and the promotion of decentralization have been recommended in order to reduce interdependencies between governments and to avoid... Full description

1st Person: Benz, Arthur
Source: in Publius : the journal of federalism Vol. 19, No. 4 (1989), p. 203-220
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Type of Publication: Article
Language: English
Published: 1989
Keywords: research-article
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Summary: Intergovernmental relations in West German cooperative federalism have often been criticized as inefficient and inflexible. The abolition of joint policymaking and the promotion of decentralization have been recommended in order to reduce interdependencies between governments and to avoid overloading central policymaking. Such proposals have usually been put forward without considering the governmental complexity that impedes large-scale reforms. However, a detailed analysis of federalism, focusing on processes rather than structures and on different policies rather than aggregations, reveals that intergovernmental relations in the 1980s are not the same as those in the 1960s or early 1970s. The inherent dynamics of intergovernmental relations have produced many changes. These changes have contributed to the overall stability of West German federalism because they have reflected flexible adaptations of relations among federal, Land, and local governments to new socioeconomic, sociocultural, and ecological challenges. Hence, events of the 1980s provide an occasion for reassessing cooperative federalism.
Item Description: Copyright: Copyright 1989 CSF Associates
Physical Description: Online-Ressource
ISSN: 1747-7107

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