The Myth and the Paradox of ‘Uniform Living Conditions’ in the German Federal System

Charlie Jeffery, Niccole Pamphilis

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Abstract

A paradox exists within the context of the German federal system. On one side stands a strong view that pervades society and academia that the German system strives for and produces uniform policy outcomes across the heterogeneous Lӓnder, which is at odds with what one is conditioned to expect from a federal state. On the other side sits research and findings, though less common, that Germany does and has historically had diverse policy outcomes. This article starts to unwind the puzzle on how two views that appear to be diametrically opposed to one another co-exist in Germany.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)176-192
Number of pages15
JournalGerman Politics
Volume25
Issue number2
Early online date20 Apr 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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