Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Horizontal coordination in cooperative federalism : the purpose of ministerial conferences in Germany
Authors : Hegele, Yvonne
Behnke, Nathalie
DOI : 10.1080/13597566.2017.1315716
Published in : Regional & Federal Studies
Volume(Issue) : 27
Issue : 5
Pages : 529
Pages to: 548
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Routledge
ISSN: 1359-7566
1743-9434
Language : English
Subjects : Intergovernmental relation; Cooperative federalism; Policy sector; Shared rule/self-rule
Subject (DDC) : 350: Public administration
Abstract: Intergovernmental councils in Germany comprise 18 sectoral ministerial conferences and the prime ministerial conference as peak organization. They complement the Bundesrat as institutions of Intergovernmental Relations in the German system of cooperative federalism, dealing with matters of shared rule as well as self-rule. Based on expert interviews among ministerial bureaucrats, this contribution finds that contrary to conventional wisdom, vertical influence and autonomy protection are not their main purpose. Rather, they serve primarily information exchange and coordination. Still, the emphasis on either influence and autonomy protection or coordination and information as well as the directions of interaction vary across policy sectors. We further investigate constitutional allocation of power and party political composition as determinants on the specific purpose of ministerial conferences. The findings suggest that the allocation of power is more important than party political composition in explaining variation between sectoral ministerial conferences.
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/17391
Fulltext version : Published version
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Departement: School of Management and Law
Organisational Unit: Institute of Public Management (IVM)
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