Die Rückkehr des befehlenden Staates? Muster und Ursachen der Veränderung staatlicher Handlungsformen in der deutschen Abfallpolitik

Töller, Annette Elisabeth
March 2007
Politische Vierteljahresschrift;2007, Vol. 48 Issue 1, p66
Academic Journal
During the last 15 years, a shift in the relationship between state and society has been identified that can be characterized by an overall "retreat of the state". The increasing use of co-operative policy instruments that do both, supplement and replace traditional authoritative measures, is one of the relevant manifestations of this change. However, most recent developments in German environmental policy in general and product-related waste management policy in particular reveal that this is all but an unambiguous tendency. After years of predominantly co-operative policy-approaches, there seems to be a revival of the authoritative state. The article analyses the patterns of change and presents reasons. In doing so, it challenges the popular functionalist hypothesis assuming that co-operative approaches arise from the functional needs of modern policy problems. Quite the contrary, the article draws on institutional factors - the European law in particular - and on party politics for explaining the identified change.


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