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Promoting the regulatory or the redistributive state? The politicisation of core state power integration in the German Bundestag, 1978-2019 - Schuman Centre’s Seminar Series

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  • Wed 27 Jan 2021 16.30 - 18.00
  Add to Calendar 2021-01-27 16:30 2021-01-27 18:00 Europe/Paris Promoting the regulatory or the redistributive state? The politicisation of core state power integration in the German Bundestag, 1978-2019 - Schuman Centre’s Seminar Series

We analyse the party politics of core state power integration by means of a novel dataset comprising all German Bundestag debates on EU government declarations since 1978. Our analysis shows an increasing politicisation of the costs of integration. In general, all mainstream parties have expressed a continuous preference for regulation over capacity-building. Over time, however, cross-party differences increased. Parties developed distinct, ideologically grounded profiles on core state power integration, and costly supranational capacity-building produced particularly outspoken opposition. Ultimately, core state power integration ended the general consensus on EU affairs among integrationist mainstream parties in Germany, revealing fundamentally different understandings of the EU polity. Centre-right parties regard the EU as a market-centred community of self-reliant states, championing the instruments of the regulatory state. Centre-left parties, by contrast, see the EU as a political union that also organises solidarity among its member states, increasingly embracing a redistributive state on the European level. 

Presenters: Christian Freudlsperger (Hertie School) & Martin Weinrich (EUI) 

This talk is based on a joint paper forthcoming with the Journal of European Integration (2021) that will be sent out together with the Zoom link.

The seminar is on Zoom - please register to receive the link. All are welcome.

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We analyse the party politics of core state power integration by means of a novel dataset comprising all German Bundestag debates on EU government declarations since 1978. Our analysis shows an increasing politicisation of the costs of integration. In general, all mainstream parties have expressed a continuous preference for regulation over capacity-building. Over time, however, cross-party differences increased. Parties developed distinct, ideologically grounded profiles on core state power integration, and costly supranational capacity-building produced particularly outspoken opposition. Ultimately, core state power integration ended the general consensus on EU affairs among integrationist mainstream parties in Germany, revealing fundamentally different understandings of the EU polity. Centre-right parties regard the EU as a market-centred community of self-reliant states, championing the instruments of the regulatory state. Centre-left parties, by contrast, see the EU as a political union that also organises solidarity among its member states, increasingly embracing a redistributive state on the European level. 

Presenters: Christian Freudlsperger (Hertie School) & Martin Weinrich (EUI) 

This talk is based on a joint paper forthcoming with the Journal of European Integration (2021) that will be sent out together with the Zoom link.

The seminar is on Zoom - please register to receive the link. All are welcome.


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Affiliation:
Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies

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Discussant:
Julia Gray (EUI)
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