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.
|Place of Publication||Basingstoke (UK)|
|Number of pages||272|
|ISBN (Print)||978-023028442-5, 0230284426|
|Publication status||Published - 26 Aug 2011|
|Name||New perspectives in German political studies|
Bibliographical noteTurner, E., Political parties and public policy in the German Länder: when parties matter, 2011, Palgrave Macmillan reproduced with permission of Palgrave Macmillan.
This extract is taken from the author's original manuscript and has not been edited. The definitive version of this piece may be found in Political Parties and Public Policy in the German Länder by Ed Turner which can be accessed from www.palgrave.com