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Frank R. Baumgartner, Christian Breunig, and Emiliano Grossman

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198835332

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198835332.001.0001

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Political Agendas in Germany

Political Agendas in Germany

(p.97) 10 Political Agendas in Germany
Comparative Policy Agendas

Christian Breunig

Tinette Schnatterer

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the German political system and connects its working to agenda-setting theories. Given its institutional configuration, politics and policy-making in Germany is typically described in terms of deliberation, moderation, and gridlock. We introduce six data series—public opinion, party platforms, policy processes, government speeches, parliamentary questions, bills and laws—that comprise agenda-setting in Germany. The data for these political activities are obtained from official sources. We delineate the processing and coding of these series. A brief application that examines the German reunification process illustrates the potential of the database. The illustration shows that reunification has not really been politicized but occupied considerable agenda space in government speeches and legislation.

Keywords:   agenda-setting, Germany, Reunification, public opinion, party platforms, policy processes, government speeches, parliamentary questions, bills and laws, Comparative Agendas Project, German Agendas Project

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