Germany: Varieties of Democracy in a Federal System

Arthur Benz and Christina Zimmer

in The Oxford Handbook of Local and Regional Democracy in Europe

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199562978
Published online January 2011 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Politics & International Relations

Germany: Varieties of Democracy in a Federal System

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This article discusses the patterns of subnational democracy within the context of German federalism and local government. The first section discusses the distinctive institutional expression of democracy and the evolution of state in Germany. The second section focuses on the interplay and the relationship between federalism and the political organization of society. This structural framework elucidates on the mechanisms of subnational democracy, in German Länder, and at the local level. The last section of this article collates the changes in society and state and their implications on the subnational democracy of Germany.

Keywords: Germany; German federalism; local government; democracy; evolution of state; federalism; political organization; Länder; society and state

Article.  9893 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Regional Political Studies ; Comparative Politics

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