Arthur B. Gunlicks
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The Land parliaments deputies in Germany

When one reads of European parliaments and their members, one normally thinks of the national level. This is understandable with respect to the mostly unitary political systems, which have only national parliaments. But some of these states, such as Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Belgium, are federal systems, and some others, such as Spain, have a semifederal territorial organisation. In these systems, far more parliamentarians are members of regional parliaments than of the national parliament. Nevertheless, since the regional parliamentarians receive much less media coverage and relatively little public attention in general, less is known about them than about their counterparts in the national capital. In Germany, there is some newspaper coverage of the Land parliaments and their members, but very little attention is paid them by television. One issue that has been discussed to some extent by the attentive public is legislative salary and various benefits, along with the question of whether the Land politicians are overpaid and underworked. This chapter provides an overview of parliamentary deputies in Germany, and their functions, salaries and benefits.

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