This book analyses the relationship between federalism and European integration, and in this context examines the impact of Europeanization on the three EU member states that are constitutionally federal: Belgium, Germany and Austria. The author chooses two theoretical concepts - hierarchy and interdependence - to characterize certain institutional and structural features of federal states. Her comparative analysis shows that European integration does have an impact on federalism and that it is leading to growing institutional interdependence between the levels of governance in all three states.
Tamara Kovziridze obtained a Master’s degree in Political Science, Economics and English Philology from the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and a PhD in Political Science from the Free University of Brussels (VUB). Her research interests include comparative federalism, Europeanization, foreign policy and ethno-national conicts. From 2004 to 2008 she served as Deputy Minister for Economic Development in Georgia, where she subsequently became chief adviser to the Georgian prime minister and his representative in foreign economic a-airs. Since 2006 she has been Associate Professor at Tbilisi State University, where she lectures in economics and conflict resolution.