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COVFED - Political cohesion under conditions of fiscal scarcity – German federalism in the time of COVID-19

Funding: VolkswagenStiftung

Team: Prof. Dr. Sabine Kropp (Project Leader), Dr. Antonios Souris (Research Fellow), Akseli Paillette-Liettilät (Student Assistant), Jonathan Röders (Student Assistant)

Applying a mixed-methods design, the project will investigate how German governments at both federal levels are coping with fiscal scarcity caused by the extensive COVID-19 support packages. The project will examine the extent to which opportunistic strategies that are regarded as typical for federal settings affect political cohesion and which political and institutional safeguards are suitable for containing those strategies. By examining the German case, the project will offer an innovative contribution to comparative federalism.

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SFB 700