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Shaping EuropeFrance, Germany, and Embedded Bilateralism from the Elysée Treaty to Twenty-First Century Politics$
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Ulrich Krotz and Joachim Schild

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199660087

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199660087.001.0001

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Bilateral Regional Polity and Policy Shaping

Bilateral Regional Polity and Policy Shaping

(p.19) 1 Bilateral Regional Polity and Policy Shaping
Shaping Europe

Ulrich Krotz

Joachim Schild

Oxford University Press

Chapter 1 provides the conceptual and theoretical frame to answer comprehensively the two main questions we pose in this book. It briefly introduces the concepts to capture the major building blocks of the bilateral Franco-German order—its regularized intergovernmentalism, predominantly symbolic acts and practices, and parapublic underpinnings—in order to grasp the logic and political implications of this special bilateral connection, and to explain its resilience and adaptability. Integrating factors located at the bilateral, domestic, regional European, and international levels, this chapter outlines a framework to explain why France and Germany’s combined impact on Europe has varied as widely as it has across political domains and time. To that end, the chapter also considers different types of joint bilateral leadership in regional politics and reviews the evolution of the joint French–German resources of power and authority in European affairs over time.

Keywords:   regularized intergovernmentalism, symbolic acts and practices, parapublic underpinnings, domestic differences, bilateral leadership, power resources, shaping Europe, regional governance logics, actor constellation in European politics

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