Territory and party: explaining public policy variation in the German Länder

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This paper discusses in way in which partisan influence upon public policy, and wider historical, political and institutional pressures, can operate on a regional level and can lead to divergent policies existing within a nation-state. It offers an empirical discussion of two policy areas (education and childcare) at the regional Level (the level of the Länder) in Germany, confirming that both the partisan composition of regional government, and also wider institutional and historical pressures, exert a clear influence upon policy, lead to sharply variations in policy within the nation state. Two conclusions can be drawn: that the region cab be an important unit of analysis in Political Science and Public Policy, and that scholars of policy change may find the regional level fertile ground in analysing wider political phenomena.

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Original languageEnglish
StatePublished - 2011
EventAmerican Political Science Association Conference 2011 - Seattle, United States
Duration: 1 Sep 20114 Sep 2011

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ConferenceAmerican Political Science Association Conference 2011
CountryUnited States
CitySeattle
Period1/09/114/09/11

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