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Misleading the German Public: The New Bundestag Law on Parliamentarians

  • This article outlines the his tory of several attempts to increase salaries and pensions of members of the German Bundestag in the early I990s. It shows the unethical tactics used by parliamentarians and the way in which public information was in part consciously designed to mislead. It is argued that Bundestag members tend to form a political cartel when decisions concerning their salaries and pensions are made. Similiar tendencies can be observed in all parliamentary decisions involving party finance, providing support for Katz and Mairs thesis that 'catch-all' parties are generally being replaced by 'cartel parties'. Having analysed the issues involved, the article calls for greater accountability and responsibility on the part of German politicians when their own personal advantage is at issue.

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Author:Hans Herbert von Arnim
Parent Title (English):German Politics
Document Type:Article
Year of Completion:1997
Publishing Institution:Deutsche Universität für Verwaltungswissenschaften
Release Date:2016/07/22
GND Keyword:Abgeordneter; Deutschland / Bundestag
First Page:58
Last Page:75
Documents ordered by discipline (DDC classification):300 Sozialwissenschaften / 340 Recht / 342 Verfassungs- und Verwaltungsrecht
Access Rights:Frei zugänglich
Documents of former chairs:Lehrstuhl für Öffentliches Recht, insbesondere Kommunalrecht, Haushaltsrecht und Verfassungslehre (Univ.-Prof. Dr. Hans Herbert von Arnim)
Licence (German):License LogoUrhG – es gilt deutsches Urheberrecht