The Domestic Impact of Europe: Institutional adaptation in Germany and Spain
Title: The Domestic Impact of Europe: Institutional adaptation in Germany and Spain
Author: BORZEL, Tanja A.
Citation: Florence, European University Institute, 1999
Series/Report no.: EUI PhD theses; Department of Political and Social Sciences
Tanja Borzel argues that the effect of Europeanization on the politics and institutions of the EU's member states depends on the degree of conflict between European and domestic norms and rules. The thesis examines the relationship between the central state and regions in Germany and Spain, showing how Europeanization has served to weaken the powers of the regions. In both countries, the regions were forced to cooperate more closely with the centre, but the institutional impact in the two countries has been strikingly different. In Germany the existing cooperative Federal system was reinforced, but in Spain the traditional competitive relationship between the levels of government could not continue. Europeanization has led to a significant change in the pattern of Spanish politics, turning rivalry into cooperation. This thesis thus presents an important analysis of the impact of Europeanization on domestic politics, and on the relationship between states and regions in particular.
LC Subject Heading: Federal government -- Germany; Central-local government relations -- Germany; European Union -- Germany; Federal government -- Spain; Central-local government relations -- Spain; European Union -- Spain
Defence date: 1 March 1999; Examining Board: Prof. Adrienne Héritier (EUI, Supervisor) ; Prof. Yves Mény (EUI, Co-supervisor) ; Prof. Alberta Sbragia (University of Pittsburgh) ; Prof. Fritz W. Scharpf (Max-Planck-Institut für Gesellschaftsforschung)
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