Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Procedurally reducing complexity : the practices of German EU policy coordination
Authors: Hegele, Yvonne
et. al: No
DOI: 10.24908/fg.v13i1.5981
Published in: Federal Governance
Volume(Issue): 13
Issue: 1
Pages: 40
Pages to: 55
Issue Date: 19-Aug-2016
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Institute of Intergovernmental Relations
ISSN: 1923-6158
Language: English
Subjects: Bundesrat; Executive coordination; Germany; Multilevel governance
Subject (DDC): 350: Public administration
Abstract: Policy coordination in federal states is inherently complex because it includes a multitude of actors at the federal and the sub-state level. If the sub-states want their interests to be included in the final decision, they need to coordinate with the federal level but also amongst themselves. Several individual interests areoverlooked easier than coordinated interests of a group of sub-states. This paper puts forward the argument that during the coordination process, the actors from both levels meet in different constellations where they focus on different aspects of coordination, especially on different actors’ interests separately. This is a strategy which enables them to procedurally reduce the complexity of the decision-making process. In order to empirically investigate this argument, first a thorough definition of coordination as process is provided and operationalized for empirical investigation. It is accentuated that coordination as a process has different dimensions which are relevant for the understanding of the coordination process. This argument is analyzed with the example case of German EU policy. The empirical data used are original expert interviews with German civil servants responsible for EU policy coordination at the sub-state level. It will be demonstrated that the actors strategically form voluntary coordination constellations which enables them to reduce complexity during the process.
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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