The Federal Republic of Germany’s position in the European Community had been described as one of interdependence, penetration and integration. Of the three terms this research addresses itself most directly to penetration: to the links between the German political system and policy-making at the Community level. These links operated in two directions. Thus membership for the European Community (EC) imposed certain constraints on German domestic policy-making.
Although this research, first published in 1986, concentrates on the structural inter-relationship between the German political system and EC decisions, its main focus of attention is the articulation of German ‘interests’ in the EC policy process. This book will be of interest to students of politics and history.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents; List of Figures and Tables; Abbreviations; Preface; 1. West German Domestic Political Structures and European Community Policy-Making; Part 1: The Political Organisations Involved; 2. The Organisation of EC Policy-Making in the Federal Government 3. German Interest Groups in EC Policy-Making 4. Political Parties and German EC Policy-Making 5. The Role of the Bundestag and the Bundesrat in EC Policy-Making 6. Subnational Government in EC Policy-Making; Part 2: Case Studies; 7. The European Community’s Proposal to Harmonise Member States’ Brewing Regulations 8. The Mansholt Plan for the Reform of EC Agricultural Structures 9. Conclusions; Postscript; Bibliography; Appendix I: Interviews