The centre of government in West Germany: Changing patterns under 14 legislatures (1949-1987)

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Abstract. The institutional changes, working mode and the composition of cabinets in West Germany are analysed over time. From the findings a classification is developed which identifies the broader parameters of cabinet decision‐making in the Federal Republic. The evidence suggests that the important factors are the formal structure of cabinet and the behaviour of actors in cabinet, most particularly the leadership style of the Chancellor.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Political Research
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)171-190
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 01.03.1988

Bibliographical note

The paper discusses some findings from Germany from a comparative project on ‘Changing Cabinet Structures’. Support for the research was provided by a grant from the For-schungsgerneimchaft (grant Mu 618/3–1).