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

Jeffery, C., Pamphilis, N. M. , Rowe, C. and Turner, E. (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. (doi:10.1080/13501763.2014.923022)

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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.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Pamphilis, Dr Niccole
Authors: Jeffery, C., Pamphilis, N. M., Rowe, C., and Turner, E.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences
Journal Name:Journal of European Public Policy
Publisher:Routledge
ISSN:1350-1763
ISSN (Online):1466-4429

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