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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 in Germany: past, present and future of the discipline

Policy analysis in Germany: past, present and future of the discipline

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Policy analysis in Germany

Sonja Blum

Klaus Schubert

Policy Press

Today, policy analysis is not only one of the most important sub-disciplines of political science in Germany, but also an integral part of the international discipline and has contributed significantly to scientific debates, theory and methods developments. This introductory chapter develops the argument and the structure of the book, basic concepts and a common terminology. It also gives a short introduction to policy analysis in Germany, its developments and main characteristics. In so doing, it develops an argument running like a common thread through this book, namely that there is a typically German dualism between academic and applied policy analysis. Also focusing on this aspect, the introductory chapter discusses some of the main findings and arguments from the contributions to this book. At the end of the chapter, future prospects are discussed, not least with the aim to identify possible ways to extenuate the divide between academic and applied policy analysis.

Keywords:   Policy Analysis, Political science, Theory, Methods, Germany, Academic

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