Reforming Federalism German Style - a First Step in the Right Direction

Intereconomics, Forthcoming

15 Pages Posted: 3 Aug 2006

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Thomas Döring

University of Kassel

Stefan Voigt

University of Hamburg - Institute of Law & Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Abstract

The German version of federalism, often called 'cooperative federalism', has been identified by many as one of the root causes for Germany becoming Europe's new sick man. Now, a number of changes in the institutions defining the relationship between the federal, the state and the local level have been passed. This contribution describes the most important changes and evaluates them from the point of view of fiscal federalism. It concludes that the changes are only a first step in the right direction, but a number of important steps have yet to follow.

Keywords: German Federalism Reform, Fiscal Federalism,

JEL Classification: H1, H3, H7, K10

Suggested Citation

Döring, Thomas and Voigt, Stefan, Reforming Federalism German Style - a First Step in the Right Direction. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=921864

Thomas Döring

University of Kassel ( email )

D-34109 Kassel, Hessen
Germany

Stefan Voigt (Contact Author)

University of Hamburg - Institute of Law & Economics ( email )

Johnsallee 35
Hamburg, 20148
Germany
+49-40-428385782 (Phone)
+49-40-428386794 (Fax)

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Poschinger Str. 5
Munich, DE-81679
Germany

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