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The German solidarity pact: a case sudy of the politics of the unified Germany

Author: Webber, Douglas INSEAD Area: Economics and Political ScienceIn: German Politics, vol. 3, no 1, April 1994 Language: EnglishType of document: INSEAD ArticleNote: Please ask the Library for this articleAbstract: The political process in the old Federal Republic was distinguished by all-pervasive negotiations and an orientation towards consensus, as indicated by the concepts of "cooperative federation", "cooperative opposition" and "neo-corporatism" frequently used to describe relations between the federation and the state governments, between the federal government and opposition, and between the federal government and organised economic interests. Some observers expected German unification to lead to fundamental changes in these traits. This study of the negotiations which took place over a "Solidarity Pact" between September 1992 and March 1993 concludes that, far from the political process of the old Federal Republic having been transformed by unification, its distinguishing traits appear rather to have been reinforced. It argues that, whilst there will no second Solidarity pact, cooperation and compromise will remain more pervasive in the politics of the Unified germany than confrontation and polarisation
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The political process in the old Federal Republic was distinguished by all-pervasive negotiations and an orientation towards consensus, as indicated by the concepts of "cooperative federation", "cooperative opposition" and "neo-corporatism" frequently used to describe relations between the federation and the state governments, between the federal government and opposition, and between the federal government and organised economic interests. Some observers expected German unification to lead to fundamental changes in these traits. This study of the negotiations which took place over a "Solidarity Pact" between September 1992 and March 1993 concludes that, far from the political process of the old Federal Republic having been transformed by unification, its distinguishing traits appear rather to have been reinforced. It argues that, whilst there will no second Solidarity pact, cooperation and compromise will remain more pervasive in the politics of the Unified germany than confrontation and polarisation

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