Policy convergence and policy learning have emerged as central themes in the study of public policy in recent years.
This book complements the rich literature on theoretical aspects as well as individual case studies by undertaking a systematic comparison of policy convergence between two specific countries, the UK and Germany. Both are member-states of the EU and face similar policy challenges across a number of policy sectors; as such, both are ideally suited to such a comparison. In particular, in the late 1990s, the social-democratic governments of both countries explicitly sought to develop common solutions under the heading of the ‘Third Way’. By including analyses of not only of institutions but also of key areas of domestic and foreign policy, this volume makes a unique contribution to the study of public policy in two of the EU’s key member-states. This book is also a dedication to Professor William Paterson, who has contributed immensely to the field of German Studies in Britain.
This book was previously published as a special issue of German Politics
Table of Contents
1. Understanding Policy Convergence in Britain and Germany: Towards a Framework for Analysis Edward Turner and Simon Green 2. Germany, Britain and William Paterson Peter Pulzer 3. Different Road Maps, Similar Paths? Social Democratic Politics in the UK and Germany Dan Hough and James Sloam 4. Germany, Britain and the European Union: Convergence through Policy Transfer? Simon Bulmer 5. Balancing Territorial Politics and Social Citizenship in Germany and Britain: Constraints in Public Opinion Charlie Jeffery 6. Same Challenges, Diverging Responses: Germany, the UK and European Security Kerry Longhurst and Alister Miskimmon 7. Divergent Traditions, Converging Responses: Immigration and Integration Policy in the UK and Germany Simon Green 8. Policy Convergence in Employment-Related Public Policies? A British-German Comparison Lothar Funk 9. The Unmovable Elephant: Germany and the UK’s Competitiveness Jungle Rebecca Harding 10. Health Policy: Obstacles against Policy Convergence in Britain and Germany Nils Bandelow 11. Environmental Policy in the United Kingdom and Germany Charles Lees 12. Conclusions Edward C. Page