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Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Multidimensional interests in horizontal intergovernmental coordination : the case of the German Bundesrat
Authors: Hegele, Yvonne
DOI: 10.1093/publius/pjx052
Published in: Publius: The Journal of Federalism
Volume(Issue): 48
Issue: 2
Pages: 244
Pages to: 268
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 0048-5950
Language: English
Subject (DDC): 350: Public administration
Abstract: In the German Bundesrat, an arena of horizontal intergovernmental relations, sixteen Länder governments composed of approximately 170 governmental departments coordinate and negotiate their positions on federal motions. This article analyzes the coordination process and argues that the interests that the actors pursue, as well as the coordination strategies stemming from these interests, are less clear-cut than commonly assumed. Based on a novel network dataset collected by the author, evidence is found for sectoral, political party, and territorial coordination strategies. The main findings are first, that political party coordination in Germany is more frequent than territorial coordination but performs a structuring instead of a substantial function during the coordination process. Second, sectoral coordination mainly takes place at an early stage of the coordination process and is able to solve a bulk of coordination problems by drawing on expert knowledge.
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Fulltext version: Published version
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Restricted until: 2021-08-31
Departement: School of Management and Law
Organisational Unit: Institute of Public Management (IVM)
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