The West German Age of
In order to understand the context in which the West German public policy makers attempted to coordinate transportation policy and to meet the transportation crisis of 1953, we must first examine the constitutional setting in which they had to operate, the institutional and political framework influencing their policy, and their legislative record from 1949 until 1953.
The Basic Law (constitution) of 1949 contains specific provisions on the extent of authority to be wielded by the Federal Government in Bonn and by the eleven component Länder (states), including West Berlin, which has no vote in Parliament. The Basic Law thus provides at least the legal base for coordination. What use the Government would make of these powers remains to be seen.