The Länder and German federalism

By Arthur Gunlicks

The Länder and German federalism

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-6533-0
  • Pages: 424
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £15.99
  • Published Date: July 2003
  • BIC Category: Society & social sciences / Terrorism, armed struggle, Germany, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / General, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Affairs & Administration, Political structure & processes, Terrorism, armed struggle, Politics
  • Series: Issues in German Politics


An illuminating introduction to how the Länder function not only within the country itself but also within the wider context of European political affairs. Looks at the Länder in the constitutional order of the country, and the political and administrative system. Their organization and administration is fully covered, as is their financial administration. The role of parties and elections in the Länder is looked at, and the importance of their parliaments. The first work in the English language that considers the Länder in this depth.


1. The origins of the Länder
2.Theory and constitutional framework of German federalism
3. Administrative structures in Germany
4. Land constitutions
5. Financing the federal system
6. German state parliaments
7. The Land parliament disputes
8. Parties and politics in the Länder
9. Elections in the Länder
10. The Länder, the Bundesrat, and the legislative process in Germany and Europe
11. European and foreign policy of the Länder
12. The German model of federalism


Arthur Gunlicks is a professor of political science and chair of the department at the University of Richmond, Virginia

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