Bulletin n. 2/2016
December 2016
  • Section A) The theory and practise of the federal states and multi-level systems of government
  • Section B) Global governance and international organizations
  • Section C) Regional integration processes
  • Section D) Federalism as a political idea
  • Nicolai Dose, Iris Reus
    The effect of reformed legislative competences on Lšnder policy-making: determinants of fragmentation and uniformity
    in Regional and Federal Studies , Volume 26, Issue 5 ,  2016 ,  625-644
    The Federalism Reform I (2006) transferred some additional legal competences to the German Lšnder to provide them with more autonomy. Our analysis is guided by the question as to how fragmentation and uniformity concerning the content of the new Lšnder laws can be explained. To this end, we develop a theoretical framework based on a short review of the literature on the field. Subsequently, the framework is tested empirically on the basis of four selected legislative competences. Our results show that differences in party positions and problem pressures result in the fragmentation of laws. This applies also to competition under budgetary constraints, whereas competition superimposes the first two factors. Uniformity was influenced by similar party positions, and particularly by networks of experts.
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