German Policy Studies

Periodical covering political issues in Germany.

Articles from Vol. 3, No. 4, Winter

Advocacy Coalitions, Policy-Oriented Learning and Long-Term Change in Genetic Engineering Policy: An Interpretist View
1. Introduction (1) In 1973, Stanley Cohen and Herbert Boyer introduced a technique to transfer genes from one organism to another artificially. Scientists, industry, farmers, medicine, and several social movements have associated different kinds...
Biotechnology Policy Convergence in Continental Europe? Political Institutions, Problem Framing and Learning
Biotechnology policy has been an issue of German and European policy studies since the early 1990s. Starting with a book that complained about "unpolitical" processes and regulations (Gill 1991), a lot of young researchers selected the area for their...
Explaining Restrictive ART Policies in Switzerland and Germany: Similar Processes - Similar Results?
1. Introduction (1) The issue of assisted reproductive technology (ART) made its way on the political agenda in Switzerland and Germany in the early 1980s. Since then, both countries have adopted several pieces of legislation, first addressing questions...
Policy Learning in Policy Domains with Value Conflicts: The Austrian Cases of Abortion and Assisted Reproductive Technologies (1)
1 Introduction This paper addresses the question of how we can account for learning in policy domains, in which according to Sabatier's Advocacy Coalition Framework (ACF, Sabatier 1988, 1998, Sabatier & Jenkins-Smith 1993, 1999) learning is...
Regulating Biomedicine in Belgium and France: Neighboring Countries, Diverging Policies
1. Introduction The invention of the technique of in-vitro fertilization (IVF) in the late 1970s and its routinization in the mid-1980s created the basis for new medical techniques, such as intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), pre-implantation...