German Policy Studies

Periodical covering political issues in Germany.

Articles from Vol. 3, No. 2, Summer

Generating Legitimacy for Labor Market and Welfare State Reform-The Role of Policy Advice in Germany, the Netherlands, and Sweden
1 Introduction (1) Policy advice can help inform policy makers on societal problems, their causes and potential solutions, thus contributing to appropriate institutional reforms and effective societal problem-solving capacities. The relationship...
Governing by Commission: A Way to More Effective Governance or a Loss of Democratic Accountability?
1 Introduction The different forms of political advice, its relevance for the decision-making process, and its normative implications have gained widespread academic attention. In Germany, this discussion has been particularly stimulated by the...
Introduction: Think Tanks in Austria, Switzerland and Germany-A Recalibration of Corporatist Policy Making?
The German-speaking countries share a multitude of commonalities which separate Germany, Austria and Switzerland from other developed democracies. One prominent commonality of the German-speaking "family of nations" (Castles 1993, 2004; cf. Armingeon/Freitag...
Switzerland: Think Tanks and Vested Interests in Swiss Policy Making
Introduction In 1999 fourteen Swiss enterprises founded "Avenir Suisse", a think tank disposing of a budget of more than seven million Swiss francs per year, which is involved in promoting the social and economic development in Switzerland. While...
The Development and Significance of Think Tanks in Germany
Introduction Think Tanks are players in an increasingly diverse world of policy advise-giving organizations and political consultancies, which has emerged in Germany during the past two decades. This article uses the term 'think tank' in its broadest...
The Long Shadow of Corporatism: Scope and Limits of Think Tank Activities in Austria
Introduction In the bulk of the literature on corporatism Austria, together with the Nordic countries, has been ranking at the top of the various scales (cf. the overview by Dell'Aringa and Lodovici 1992; Molina and Rhodes 2002). Some twenty years...
U.S. and German Think Tanks in Comparative Perspective
Part 1: Theoretical and Practical Focus "Will Germany's market-place of ideas ever resemble America's?" pointedly asked the Economist (2004, p. 29), highlighting Germany's pressing structural problems: "When a nation has produced Immanuel Kant and...