Reforming Federalism German Style - a First Step in the Right Direction
15 Pages Posted: 3 Aug 2006
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
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