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Wettbewerbsföderalismus als Integrationskonzept für die Europäische Union

  • Wolfgang Kerber

How can European integration be made compatible with maintaining decentrality and variety within Europe? This paper argues that both aims can only be achieved simultaneously by applying the concept of competitive federalism to the EU. After showing that interjurisdictional competition is a logical consequence of the removal of mobility barriers within the EU, basic tenets of the theory of a multi-level system of competing jurisdictions are presented. As a consequence, the EU has to provide an institutional framework for the proper working of interjurisdictional competition. In the second half of the paper, consequences of the application of competitive federalism to the EU are examined, e.g. the possibility that also many public goods and regulations might be provided competitively by lower-level jurisdictions. Finally, the problem of regulatory competition vs. harmonization is discussed, leading on to exploring advantages and problems of decentralised legal systems (legal federalism). Copyright Verein für Socialpolitik und Blackwell Publishers Ltd, 2002

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Volume (Year): 4 (2003)
Issue (Month): 1 (02)
Pages: 43-64

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