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Productive Incompatibility? Balancing Federalism and Parliamentary Democracy

Comparative Politics
Democracy
Federalism
Institutions
Parliaments
Political Parties
Regionalism
P340
Jared Sonnicksen
Technische Universität Darmstadt
Arthur Benz
Technische Universität Darmstadt
Sean Mueller
Universität Bern

Friday 09:00 - 10:40 (09/09/2016)

Building: Faculty of Arts Floor: 2 Room: FA217

Abstract

The relationship between federalism and parliamentary democracy was long viewed as one of profound tension. With federalism requiring coordination of policies between levels, many have argued that party politics in parliaments either renders intergovernmental coordination prone to deadlock or strengthens the executive. This panel re-explores this relationship as one of tensions. However, tensions are coped with in practical politics. Moreover, they can potentially prove productive by providing variable arrangements for democratic policy-making and requiring a continuous search for a balance of power. The panel intends to explore, how and under which conditions these productive effects can be observed.

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