Germany, Europe, and the Politics of Constraint

Hardcover | June 14, 2004

EditorKenneth Dyson, Klaus Goetz

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The process of European integration is marked both by continued deepening and widening, and by growing evidence of domestic disquiet and dissent. Against this background, this volume examines three key themes: the challenge to the power of member states - as subjects of European integration -to determine the course of the integrationist project and to shape European public policies; the increasing constraints in the domestic political arena experienced by member states as objects of European integration; and the contestation over both the 'constitutive politics of the EU' and specificpolicy choices. These three themes - power, constraint and contestation - and their interdependence are explored with specific reference to contemporary Germany.The main findings call for a revision of the 'conventional wisdom' about Germany's Europeanization experience. First, while Germany continues to engage intensively in all aspects of the integration process, its power to 'upload' - 'hard' and 'soft', 'deliberate' or 'unintentional', 'institutional'or 'ideational' - appears in decline. Germany's capacity to 'shape its regional milieu' is challenged by both changes in the integration process and the ever more apparent weaknesses of the 'German model'. The traditional regional core milieu is shrinking in size and importance in an enlargingEurope, and Germany's milieu-shaping power is being challenged. Second, the coincidence of enabling and constraining effects is being progressively replaced by a discourse that notes unwelcome constrictions associated with EU membership. The book's findings suggest that key political institutionsand processes in the Federal Republic have not co-evolved with the integration process, but lead an, at times, uncomfortable co-existence. Third, domestic contestation over both everyday EU policy and the constitutional politics of integration seems set to increase. There are, as yet, no indicationsthat these domestic conflicts will reach an intensity comparable to that of the 1950s. However, both the 'permissive' mass consensus and, perhaps more importantly, elite consensus are being tested to their limits. This volume is essential reading for students of comparative European politics and German studies.

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The process of European integration is marked both by continued deepening and widening, and by growing evidence of domestic disquiet and dissent. Against this background, this volume examines three key themes: the challenge to the power of member states - as subjects of European integration -to determine the course of the integrationis...

Kenneth Dyson is a Visiting Professor, Centre for European Studies, University of Bradford; Fellow of the British Academy. Klaus Goetz is a Senior Lecturer in German, Department of Government, London School of Economics.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:452 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.12 inPublished:June 14, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Kenneth Dyson and Klaus H. Goetz: Living with Europe: Power, Constraint, and ContestationJeffrey J. Anderson: Europeanization in Context; Concept and TheoryKlaus H. Goetz: The Federal Executive: Bureaucratic Fusion versus Governmental BifurcationThomas Saalfeld: The Bundestag: Institutional Incrementalism Behavioural ReticenceCharlie Jeffery: ; The German Lander: From Milieu-Shaping to Territorial PoliticsGunnar Folke Schuppert: Public Law: Towards a Post-National ModelOskar Niedemayer: The Party System: Structure, Policy and EuropeanizationRainer Eising: Interest Groups: Opportunity Structures and Organizational CapacityKatrin Voltmer and Christiane Eilders: The Media Agenda: The Marginalization and Domestication of EuropeKenneth Dyson: Economic Policies: From Pace-Setter to Beleaguered PlayerMartin Lodge: ; Competition Policy: From Centrality to Muddling Through?Simon Bulmer, David Dolowitz, Peter Humphreys and Stephen Padgett: Electricity and Telecommunications: Fit for the European Union?Markus Haverland: Social Policy: Transforming Pensions, Challenging Health Care?Rudiger K. W. Wurzel: Environmental Policy: A Leader State under Pressure?Jorg Monar: Justice and Home Affairs: Europeanization as a Government-Controlled ProcessAlister Miskimmon and William E. Paterson: Foreign and Security Policy: On the Cusp Between Transformation and AccomodationKenneth Dyson and Klaus H. Goetz: Europeanization Compared: The Shrinking Core and the Decline of 'Soft' Power