By Andrew Karch
"Observers have lengthy marveled on the unfold of rules and guidelines from nation to nation in American democracy. yet why and the way do politicians, execs, and voters in a single nation take suggestion from nationwide coverage debates and imitate, face up to, and transform legislative versions from different states? For the 1st time during this very important new booklet, Andrew Karch analyzes extensive the method of coverage 'diffusion' around the states, providing a nuanced and strong framework to provide an explanation for some of the most vital and recurrent positive aspects of U.S. politics."
---Theda Skocpol, Victor S. Thomas Professor of presidency and Sociology, Harvard University
"Karch does issues with awesome ability. First, he is sensible of the copious literature on coverage diffusion and extends that literature in a really fruitful means. moment, he conducts the main thorough and methodologically sound empirical research of coverage diffusion up to now, utilizing either qualitative and quantitative research. This ebook is so good written and considerate that it'll most likely stimulate a complete new wave of research of country coverage and its diffusion."
---Chris Mooney, editor of State Politics and coverage Quarterly
"Democratic Laboratories is going past average 'diffusion of innovation' techniques to investigate the advanced interplay of interstate and intrastate political forces that shapes coverage change. The booklet is a tremendous contribution to the learn of yank federalism---and an outstanding read."
---Kent Weaver, Brookings Institution
---Virginia grey, college of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
"Democratic Laboratories is the seminal paintings on coverage diffusion one of the American states. conscientiously designed and good written, it's the new foundation for someone attracted to this significant subject. The findings are copious and loaded with insights into the way forward for this beneficial research."
---Harrell Rodgers, Professor and Chair, division of Political technological know-how, college of Houston
Andrew Karch is Assistant Professor of presidency on the college of Texas at Austin.
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Whilst EPC was not the most effective arena for the discussion of major issues affecting the future of Germany, it did serve to deepen West Germany’s commitment to European integration, and ease fears of a German Sonderweg. EPC and NATO represented a two-pronged strategy by which West Germany could secure its territorial safety, while at the same time work towards bringing peace to Europe and ending the division of the German people. Whilst NATO represented ‘hard security’ provisions under the dominance of the United States, EPC represented a diplomatic and political forum for expressing Western Europe and Bonn’s foreign policy concerns – ‘soft security’ measures.
In addition, the pursuit of German national interests within EPC prevented fears that Germany would pursue its own Sonderweg. The FRG was consistently at the forefront of endeavours to improve the foreign policy capabilities of the EC, notably with the Genscher-Colombo Plan of 1981. 9 Germany’s relations with France and the United Kingdom have therefore been vital in German aims to advance security integration in the EU. EPC represented an important cog in the FRG ‘s foreign policy, as part of its overall strategy of pursuing its most important foreign policy goals.
Bonn was in a considerably stronger position to influence the agenda within EPC than it was in NATO where the United Kingdom and the United States held sway. It was therefore necessary for German policy-makers to embed EPC in a long-term vision for an integrated Europe, within a decision-making process which demanded unanimity from all its Member States where Bonn could not be seen to ride roughshod over its partners. It is Bonn’s refusal to use security and defence policy as a vehicle to develop its power base during the Cold War along realist lines that distinguishes the FRG from France and the United Kingdom, which were generally more prestige and power-orientated in foreign policy during the Cold War.