Disentangling Double Politikverflechtung? The implications of the federal reforms for Bund-Länder relations on Europe

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The recent reforms of German federalism (Reform I) have established a new framework for Bund–Länder co-operation on EU policy. These seek to safeguard Germany's ability to co-operate in Europe by disentangling the joint roles and responsibilities bound up within the complex arrangements of the EU policy-making system, defined as a multiple framework of joint decisions, or doppelte Politikverflechtung. Whilst on the surface, the reforms enacted may be read as a success for the Länder in their bid to secure autonomy on European issues, closer analysis reveals that these changes may in fact hamper the Länder agenda on European issues, closing off new opportunities for influence.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)488-508
Number of pages11
JournalGerman Politics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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