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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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Policy analysis by trade unions and business associations in Germany

Policy analysis by trade unions and business associations in Germany

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Policy analysis in Germany

Wolfgang Schroeder

Samuel Greef

Policy Press

This chapter examines characteristics, developments and trends of policy analyses conducted by German trade unions and business associations. The self-organisation of business and employers on the one hand as well as the self-organisation of employees in trade unions on the other, form communicating pipes. Although both organisations share strong points of contact, their policy-related action differs decisively. This chapter aims at the different structural and organisational levels on which trade unions and business associations themselves create policy analyses or commission studies and reviews. It further analyses, on which institutions, resources and communicative processes they rely in these processes, in order to achieve a consistent capacity to act. Therefore it takes up the question as to how they are capable of generating the necessary knowledge to act as strategic actors.

Keywords:   trade union, business association, strategic actor, policy, resources, knowledge

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