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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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Statist policy advice: policy analysis in the German Länder

Statist policy advice: policy analysis in the German Länder

(p.105) Eight Statist policy advice: policy analysis in the German Länder
Policy analysis in Germany

Roland Sturm

Markus M. Müller

Policy Press

This chapter argues that while there is a fully developed government apparatus at the Länder level, as well as complete sets of actors and interests of civil society, there is still a major lack of governance autonomy. This is due both to a culture of co-ordination among Länder governments and the federal government as well as a strong tradition of administration-biased policy-making. A legal lens on issues and solutions dominates government discourses in most policy arenas. At the same time, Länder governments formally share responsibility in federal law-making via the Bundesrat, which reinforces the administrative practice of policy-coordination as multi-level policy-making. This serves as a clearing house for the overwhelming part of policy issues, sorting out the few political ones which make it on the federal-Länder agenda of high politics. The chapter argues that it seems almost impossible to make general statements about policy analyses in the Länder where European law and programmes are involved. Länder governments’ standpoint towards ‘European’ issues strongly depends on the policy fields affected. Where European funds are involved, evidence-based governance and a more economic and formal approach to policy analysis and policy-making is to be found – an innovation in view of Germany's legalistic tradition.

Keywords:   Europe, multi-level policy-making, law, European funds, governance, Länder, Bundesrat, civil society

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