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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 University Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447306252.001.0001

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The German Bundestag and external expertise: policy orientation as counterweight to deparliamentarisation?

The German Bundestag and external expertise: policy orientation as counterweight to deparliamentarisation?

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(p.161) Twelve The German Bundestag and external expertise: policy orientation as counterweight to deparliamentarisation?
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Policy analysis in Germany
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Sven T. Siefken

Suzanne S. Schüttemeyer

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447306252.003.0012

In theories of policy analysis parliaments are mostly neglected. This fits the broader discussion about their declining role (‘post-parliamentarism”). Yet to perform the functions in the political system (particularly the legislative and oversight functions), parliaments analyse policy in various ways using external resources and employing outside expertise. In the case of the German Bundestag, this takes place during all steps of the policy cycle: Study commissions (Enquete-Kommissionen) are employed in problem definition and agenda setting, committee hearings play a role in policy formulation, the office of technology assessment conducts regulatory impact assessment and the independent court of auditors (Bundesrechnungshof) is important in evaluation. Moreover, individual deputies use external sources of expertise, especially the contacts in their districts with companies, public agencies of all federal levels and societal organizations. Little is known systematically about these channels but the German Bundestag is in no danger of completely succumbing to the government. Members of the German Bundestag are not only involved in political communication but have a strong impact on policy formulation.

Keywords:   post-parliamentarism, hearings, commissions of inquiry, members of parliament, district work, court of auditors, technology assessment

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