Regional policy variation in Germany:the diversity of living conditions in a 'unitary federal state'

Jeffery, Charlie, Pamphilis, Niccole M., Turner, Ed and Rowe, Carolyn (2014). Regional policy variation in Germany:the diversity of living conditions in a 'unitary federal state'. Journal of European public policy, 21 (9), pp. 1350-1366.

Abstract

The German federal system is conventionally understood as highly co-ordinated between federal and regional governments and aimed at producing a 'uniformity' of living conditions. This view has increasingly been challenged as new work focuses on innovation and diversity at the regional level, and also as a consequence of reforms to the federal system that took place in 2006. This contribution attempts to establish a more systematic basis for assessing and explaining the scope and significance of regional policy variation in Germany. Our findings suggest that - despite institutional structures that foster intense co-ordination between central and regional governments and apparent popular preferences for uniformity of policy outcomes - the extent of policy variation in Germany is much greater than conventionally understood and driven both by structural factors and partisan choices at the regional level.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13501763.2014.923022
Divisions: Languages & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations research group
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Languages & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of European public policy on 2014, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13501763.2014.923022
Uncontrolled Keywords: German federalism,policy variation,political parties,Sociology and Political Science,Public Administration
Full Text Link: http://www.tand ... 763.2014.923022
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Published Date: 2014
Authors: Jeffery, Charlie
Pamphilis, Niccole M.
Turner, Ed
Rowe, Carolyn ( 0000-0001-8598-769X)

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