Political parties and public policy in the German länder : when parties matter /
Ed Turner.
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
vii, 263 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
0230284426 (hc : alk. paper), 9780230284425 (hc : alk. paper)
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New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
0230284426 (hc : alk. paper)
9780230284425 (hc : alk. paper)
contents note
Introduction: Partisan influence upon public policy in decentralised polities -- Do parties matter in the German länder? theoretical and practical challenges, past attempts at exploration, and a new approach -- Contemporary German federalism -- Education, family and childcare, and labour market policies at a land level -- The case of Hesse 1999-2003 -- The Saarland 1999-2004 -- Saxony Anhalt 2002-2006 -- Conclusion.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Ed Turner is Lecturer in Politics at Aston University, UK.
Review Quotes
'Ed Turner's excellent study is richly informative, theoretically stimulating and highly original. It examines the much-neglected issue of party competition at the regional level in Germany, and offers insights both for scholars of German politics and of comparative politics more generally. And it is an essential corrective to the excessively national-level focus of most contemporary studies of Europe's most powerful country. Packed with excellent detail from its case-studies, this is a must-read for anyone with a serious interest in the nature of political conflict and policy debate in contemporary Germany.' - Lord Wood of Anfield, Fellow and Tutor in Politics, Magdalen College, Oxford, UK 'Turner's book breaks new ground in linking the debates on how federalism and partisan politics influence public policy. His thoroughly researched and powerfully argued analysis of the influence of parties on public policy in the German L nder makes an important contribution to our understanding of German politics.' - R. Daniel Kelemen, Jean Monnet Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science, Rutgers University, USA 'This important book analyses public policy on the sub-national level and asks for partisan influence. In doing so, Turner not only provides new insights about education, family and labour market policy, but he also opens up an area of comparative analysis all too often neglected outside the United States. Most of all, of course, scholars of German politics will profit from this carefully designed study.' - Andreas Busch, Professor of Comparative Politics and Political Economy, Georg August University, G ttingen, Germany 'There have been many books written on political parties and their impact on policy outcomes, but few have taken an approach that is as innovative as this one. Ed Turner's book is a timely contribution to the debate on when, and under what conditions, parties can impact on public policy. Turner's analysis of sub-national politics in Germany is insightful and empirically rich and his conclusions will be of interest to scholars not just of German politics, but to anyone who has ever asked themselves whether parties genuinely make a difference.' - Dan Hough, Reader in Politics, University of Sussex, UK
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Bowker Data Service Summary
'When Parties Matter' considers the extent to which, and in what circumstances, political parties affect public policy. It explores the regional level in Germany; using case studies in the areas of education, childcare and family, and labour market policy.
Description for Bookstore
Analyses when, and to what extent, political parties make a difference to public policy; looking in detail at the sub-national level in Germany
Long Description
When Parties Matter looks at the extent to which political parties can make a difference to public policy, focusing on the regional level in Germany. Politicians of the left and the right sometimes have radically different views, but inevitably the combined forces of legal and financial constraints, bureaucracy, public expectations and the 'weight of history' restrict their ability to translate political disagreement into policy change. Giving a detailed examination of education policy, childcare and family policy, and labour market policy in three German regions between 1999 and 2006, this book provides insights into what politicians can and cannot achieve, in particular at the level below the nation-state
Main Description
This book considers the extent to which, and in what circumstances, political parties affect public policy. It explores the regional level in Germany; using case studies in the areas of education, childcare and family, and labour market policy. In particular, the author explores whether party politicians make a difference to policies.
Table of Contents
List of Tablesp. vi
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Prefacep. viii
Introduction: Partisan Influence Upon Public Policy in Decentralised Politiesp. 1
Do Parties Matter in the German Länder? Theoretical and Practical Challenges, Past Attempts and Exploration, and a New Approachp. 17
Contemporary German Federalismp. 39
Education, Family and Childcare, and Labour Market Policies at a Land Levelp. 50
The Case of Hesse 1999-2003p. 76
The Saarland 1999-2004p. 125
Saxony-Anhalt 2002-2006p. 165
Conclusionp. 219
Bibliographyp. 230
List of Interviewsp. 253
Commonly Used German Terms and Abbreviationsp. 255
Indexp. 257
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