What is a government bank

The government bank. On the place of the government in parliament as an element of a "constitution of things"

Subject allocation Basics of law and jurisprudence
Public law
Modern and Contemporary History (including European History of Modern Times and Non-European History)
Funding Funding from 2018 to 2020
German Research Foundation (DFG) - project number 410010580
It is planned to develop a monograph on the government bank in the German Bundestag. The central idea of ​​the project is to understand the position of the federal government in the parliamentary system of government of the Basic Law from its spatial position in the plenary hall of the Bundestag, the government bank, in a new and better way. The planned study should combine several perspectives: the legal dogmatic analysis of the constitutional and parliamentary framework for the position of the federal government in the German Bundestag; the historical investigation of the spatial location of the government in the parliamentary plenary halls of Germany since the Reichstag of the German Empire; the comparative classification of the German arrangements through the contrast with other democratic constitutional states; Finally, an ethnographically and culturally scientifically informed study of the interaction between government and parliament in the plenary sessions of the German Bundestag, insofar as it is shaped by the spatial arrangement of the seats for the federal government in the plenary hall. In the planned study, the government bank is understood as a product and expression of implicit guiding principles about the constitutional structure. The monograph examines the tension between a plenary architecture originating from the constitutional monarchy, which expresses a strict separation of powers between government and parliament, and the close connection between parliamentary majority and government created by the parliamentary system of government under the Basic Law. Overall, the planned study sees itself as a contribution to the study of a "constitution of things", which examines the meaning of material objects and their impact on the constitutional structure and thereby expands the understanding of constitution and constitutional law by a material and performative dimension.
DFG procedureSach grants
International reference France, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Austria