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60 Jahre Grundgesetz der Bundesrepublik Deutschland: Einige Bemerkungen zu Demokratie und Föderalismus in Deutschland aus schweizerischer Perspektive

Gebhard Kirchgässner

University of St. Gallen Department of Economics working paper series 2009 from Department of Economics, University of St. Gallen

Abstract: In comparing Switzerland and Germany, this paper discusses basic but potentially conflicting constitutional principles and the problems which can arise from such conflicts and which have to be handled by a constitution. We concentrate on three central areas: (i) the tension between democracy and the rule of law, (ii) direct versus (purely) representative democracy, and (iii) competitive versus co-operative federalism, where we also discuss problems of fiscal equalisation systems. Finally, we present some proposals for a reform of the German political system.

Keywords: Direct Democracy; Human Rights; Rule of Law; Federalism; Fiscal Equalisation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H11 H70 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 30 pages
Date: 2009-10
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