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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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From hand to mouth: parties and policy-making in Germany

From hand to mouth: parties and policy-making in Germany

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Policy analysis in Germany

Timo Grunden

Policy Press

This chapter discusses the characteristics of German party policies and the prevailing conditions of their origin. It differentiates the functions and importance that German parties have to attach to policies as ‘organized anarchies’. Party policies do not only serve different, to some extent contradictory goals. Furthermore, they go through different arenas, each with their own logics of action, which the chapter systemise. The last section deals with the question under which conditions German parties can be capable of strategic action, including the strategic development of policies.

Keywords:   Parties, Policy Making, Organized Anarchies, Logics of Action, Strategy

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