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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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The role of policy analysis in teaching political science at German universities

The role of policy analysis in teaching political science at German universities

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Policy analysis in Germany

Renate Reiter

Annette Elisabeth Töller

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The chapter addressed the question to what extent, in which ways and why policy analysis has become part of programs teaching political science at universities in Germany. The finding is that two thirds of the BA-programs in political science do contain modules on policy analysis, roughly a quarter of all programs have some focus on policy analysis and almost 9 per cent have a strong focus on policy analysis. 18 per cent of all MA-programs in political science are specialized in policy analysis/public policy. In terms of resources there are 21 chairs that are specialized in policy analysis while there are many more individuals with a particular expertise in public policy working on a chair with no such denomination. Little surprisingly there is a statistically significant correlation between specialized chairs and specialized programs. As to the question of how, when and why policy analysis became a relevant part of teaching political science at some but not at other universities we found that in most cases paths were (or were not) taken already between the mid-1980s and mid-1990s while the Bologna-reforms may have helped to stabilize, standardize and possibly strengthen such paths but – with few exceptions – did not allow for dramatic path-changes.

Keywords:   Teaching, Policy Analysis, German universities, Bachelor- and Master Programs

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