Germany's Bad Example for Iraq

Author
Michael S. Greve
Content Type
Policy Brief
Institution
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Abstract
Berlin is far from Baghdad, and the Germans at least want to keep it that way. But for all the obvious differences, Germany's inconclusive election results and the impending constitutional referendum in Iraq point to some identical obstacles to effective and constitutional government. These obstacles are proportional representation and “cooperative federalism.” As it happens, well-meaning UN officials, NGOs, and U.S. advisers have been urging these constitutional arrangements upon numerous fledgling democracies, including Iraq. That may not be good advice.
Topic
Government, United Nations
Political Geography
United States, Iraq, Europe, Middle East, Baghdad, Germany, Berlin