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Reforming Federalism in Germany: Incremental Changes Instead of the Big Deal

The unique characteristics of Germany's federalism have been long identified as one of the main obstacles to legitimate and efficient governance. In 2006, the grand coalition adopted a federal reform which aims to disentangle the intertwined levels of government by reducing the influence of the... Full description

1st Person: Burkhart, Simone
Source: in Publius : the journal of federalism Vol. 39, No. 2 (2009), p. 341-365
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Type of Publication: Article
Language: English
Published: 2009
Keywords: research-article
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Summary: The unique characteristics of Germany's federalism have been long identified as one of the main obstacles to legitimate and efficient governance. In 2006, the grand coalition adopted a federal reform which aims to disentangle the intertwined levels of government by reducing the influence of the Lander governments in federal policy-making and strengthening the Lander by granting more legislative competences to the federal states. In this article, I summarize the reasons for the constitutional change, provide a short overview of the reform process, and evaluate its results. I argue that the achieved compromise will only lead to incremental changes in Germany's federalism and will not be sufficient to solve the perceived problems of Germany's federal structure.
Item Description: Copyright: Copyright 2009 CSF Associates: Publius, Inc.
Physical Description: Online-Ressource
ISSN: 1747-7107

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