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Constitutional Politics in East Germany and the Grand Coalition State

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Constitutional politics seemingly corroborate the assumption that Germany is a Grand Coalition state. In this perspective German cooperative federalism and the supermajority required for any amendment to the constitution privilege bargaining and intertwined policy-making as modes of conflict resolution and thus support grand coalitions. In this paper I will explore whether this theory can explain constitutional politics in the German Länder. Firstly, I examine how far sub-national constitutional politics match the functioning of cooperative federalism that is a defining feature of the Grand Coalition state. Secondly, I examine sub-national constitutional politics in the five new Länder and bring the role parties played in this policy field to the fore. Overall, I conclude that cooperative federalism did not impact on constitutional politics in East Germany and that the features of consensus democracy are only partly able to explain law-making in this sector.

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Article 260 TFEU Sanctions in Multi-Tiered Member States

Sub-State Entities in the EU Decision-Making Processes: A Comparative Constitutional Law Approach’ in Cloots Elke, De Baere Geert & Sottiaux Stefan (eds), Federalism in the European Union , Hart Publishing, Oxford, 210-229. • Träbert Katrin, 2009, Sanktionen der Europäischen Union gegen ihre Mitgliedstaaten , Peter Lang, Frankfurt am Main. • Vandamme Thomas A., 2005, The Invalid Directive: The Legal Authority of a Union Act Requiring Domestic Law Making , Europa Law Publishing, Groningen. • Vuillermoz Riccardo, 2003, La Belgique, l’Espagne et l

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