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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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Parliamentary in-house research services and policy-makinging Germany – Sancho Panza or David's sling?

Parliamentary in-house research services and policy-makinging Germany – Sancho Panza or David's sling?

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(p.149) Eleven Parliamentary in-house research services and policy-makinging Germany – Sancho Panza or David's sling?
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Policy analysis in Germany
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Stefan Marschall

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447306252.003.0011

This chapter focuses on the in-house research services which are offered to groups and members of the German Bundestag during the parliamentary process of policy-making. The chapter outlines the historical development of the in-house resources and sketches the operating principles, the personal capacities, and the role of different types of research services for policy making within the German parliament – particularly looking at the part the services play for the parliamentary majority on the one hand and the opposition on the other hand. Referring to the debate on the de-parliamentarisation of politics, the final conclusions address the question whether and – if so – how the in-house research services can contribute to the empowerment of the German parliament when it participates actively in legislation or when it controls legislation initiated by the executive branch.

Keywords:   legislation, Deutscher Bundestag, parliamentary research services, de-parliamentarisation

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