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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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The Federal Executive: Bureaucratic Fusion versus Governmental Bifurcation

The Federal Executive: Bureaucratic Fusion versus Governmental Bifurcation

(p.56) (p.57) 3 The Federal Executive: Bureaucratic Fusion versus Governmental Bifurcation
Germany, Europe, and the Politics of Constraint

Klaus H. Goetz

British Academy

The federal ministerial executive is a dual institution, which combines the attributes of a government and an administration. This chapter investigates how European integration has affected this dual nature. It suggests that these two qualities of the executive have been affected in a differential way. On the administrative side, progressive integration has, indeed, been associated with growing ‘multi-level fusion’, through which the ministerial administration becomes part of a closely interconnected multi-level system. By contrast, the governmental dimension of the executive is characterized by growing bifurcation. Government takes place at two levels – the European and the domestic – but institutional linkage between the two levels is limited and some of the defining features of German government, notably the defining tenets of party government, coalition government, and parliamentary government, show few signs of Europeanization.

Keywords:   federal ministerial executive, dual institution, European integration, executive, ministerial administration, German government, Europeanization

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