The myth and the paradox of 'uniform living conditions' in the German Federal System

Jeffery, C. and Pamphilis, N. M. (2016) The myth and the paradox of 'uniform living conditions' in the German Federal System. German Politics, 25(2), pp. 176-192. (doi:10.1080/09644008.2016.1164843)

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Abstract

A paradox exists within the context of the German federal system. On one side stands a strong view that pervades society and academia that the German system strives for and produces uniform policy outcomes across the heterogeneous Länder, which is at odds with what one is conditioned to expect from a federal state. On the other side sits research and findings, though less common, that Germany does and has historically had diverse policy outcomes. This article starts to unwind the puzzle on how two views that appear to be diametrically opposed to one another co-exist in Germany.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Pamphilis, Dr Niccole
Authors: Jeffery, C., and Pamphilis, N. M.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences
Journal Name:German Politics
Publisher:Routledge
ISSN:0964-4008
ISSN (Online):1743-8993

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