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Constitutional Policy in Multilevel Government: The Art of Keeping the Balance

Arthur Benz


The search for a robust balance of power is a continuous challenge for multilevel political systems. Institutions like parliaments or courts can protect the existing order. However, necessary adjustments to economic, social or international challenges or policies determined to improve ineffective structures or to prevent disintegration require constitutional amendments. Whereas constitutional policy appears as essential to maintain balance, changing a constitution is rather difficult in multilevel governments. Due to the veto power of many actors pursuing divergent interests, policies aiming t ... More

Keywords: balance of power, constitution, constitutional change, federalism, joint-decision trap, multilevel government, regionalization, reform

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198786078
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198786078.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Arthur Benz, author
Professor of Political Science, Technische Universität Darmstadt

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