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Germany, Europe, and the Politics of Constraint$
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Kenneth Dyson and Klaus Goetz

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780197262955

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197262955.001.0001

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Europeanization Compared: The Shrinking Core and the Decline of ‘Soft’ Power

Europeanization Compared: The Shrinking Core and the Decline of ‘Soft’ Power

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Germany, Europe, and the Politics of Constraint

Kenneth Dyson

Klaus H. Goetz

British Academy

This concluding chapter summarizes the empirical findings of the volume's contributions on the polity, politics, and policy dimensions of Europeanization, with an emphasis on the implications of living with Europe in terms of Germany's power to project its institutional forms and policies; the balance between the enabling and constraining implications of European integration; and domestic contestation about European integration. The overall pattern of Europeanization is characterized by the contrast between progressively Europeanized public policies, a semi-Europeanized polity, and a largely non-Europeanized politics. This finding points to a dual agenda of domestic reform: one that enables Germany to regain its benchmark status in key policy domains – most centrally in economic policy – and one that addresses the apparent unresponsiveness of domestic politics to pressures of Europeanization.

Keywords:   Germany, institutional forms, Europeanization, European integration, domestic reform

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