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Policy analysis in Germany$
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Sonja Blum and Klaus Schubert

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447306252

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447306252.001.0001

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Federal government in Germany: temporary, issue-related policy advice

Federal government in Germany: temporary, issue-related policy advice

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(p.135) Ten Federal government in Germany: temporary, issue-related policy advice
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Policy analysis in Germany
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Rolf G. Heinze

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447306252.003.0010

In recent years, policy advice has increasingly pluralised and changed its identity. New players and new venues have made the landscape of policy advice more confusing. This chapter gives an overview of the organisational forms of lobbyism and discusses the chances, but also the risks of new forms of policy advice such as think tanks, expert groups and advisory boards. Using the example of the German Bündnis für Arbeit (Alliance for Work) of the federal government in the early 2000s, both the necessity and the limits of scientific policy advice are discussed. Furthermore, the chapter reviews the problems of strategies for a better management of heterogeneous interests from an organisational sociological perspective and argues that it is the anarchic features of decision-making processes and the divergent interests of relevant players which many times hinder necessary political reforms.

Keywords:   Policy advice, Association, Think tanks, Bündnis für Arbeit, Interest groups, Lobbyism

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