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As a result of globalization, Europeanization and the growing complexities stemming from today's information-based society, the background conditions allowing for effective governance within Germany have changed. Given the globe's interdependencies, nation states no longer enjoy the unbridled sovereignty they once did. Nowadays, moreover, democratic governance is less defined within traditional hierarchical structures than it is the outcome of complex negotiating processes between state and nonstate actors.

Project duration: beginning May 1, 2005

Project Description

Consulting on Social Issues


Strategy Tool for Political Reform Processes

Scientific advances and ongoing globalization are putting Germany’s policymakers under constant pressure to modernize and reform. Whether or not they are successful is very much dependent on the reformers’ ability to develop and implement effective strategies. Since its inception in May 2005, a key goal of the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s Optimizing Political Reform Processes project has been supporting Germany’s policymakers in addressing the diverse and complex aspects of strategically managing the country’s political processes. To help them do so, the project team spent three years developing the Strategy Tool for Political Reform Processes (SPR), which was presented for the first time in November 2008 and documented in a publication of the same name.


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Anna Renkamp

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