Frank Wendler

Frank Wendler
University of Hamburg | UHH · Institute for Political Science

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The chapter reviews the evolution of policies and controversy on climate change in the US since its inclusion in the Paris Agreement to the recent transition from the Trump to the Biden presidency. Adopting two key concepts to understand the context of policy-making—namely, the emergence of the administrative presidency and contested federalism—the...
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Climate change is a complex policy challenge whose mitigation requires a common framework of ideas, assumptions and justifications among decision-makers and the political public to achieve policy progress. From this point of departure, the introduction develops the book’s central argument that the striking contrast between approaches to tackling cl...
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This chapter reviews the evolution of EU climate change policy and discourse from just before the conclusion of the Paris Agreement in 2015 to the recent proclamation of the European Green Deal and the adoption of a European climate law in July 2021. Adopting the heuristic of the policy cycle and distinction of different phases of EU energy and cli...
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The concluding chapter summarizes the main findings of the book, particularly its argument that the fragmentation and contestation of political discourse about climate change, and differences in the political space as the framework of relevant issue dimensions are key factors for explaining the divergence of climate policy-making in the EU and US....
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This comparative chapter applies the threefold set of hypotheses presented in the theoretical part to the comparative quantitative content analysis of climate policy discourse in the EU and US. These hypotheses cover three aspects: First, the structure of discourse concerning the relative salience of different frames and their association with the...
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The chapter harnesses the concept of political space and the approach of framing analysis to develop the theoretical framework and hypotheses for the book. Based on the distinction of three major issue categories in debates about climate change related to questions of problem definition, policy evaluation and collective action, the chapter presents...
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Research on EU-related politicization has advanced in the empirical measurement of controversy within and between political arenas, but continues to debate the impacts of political contestation on policy-making on a theoretical level. While postfunctionalism predicts a ‘constraining dissensus’, empirical accounts present mixed evidence, suggesting...
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Climate change policy is an important test case for how political agents use narratives to address complex policy issues and define its scope and impacts in a multi-level context. Harnessing a theoretical approach based on framing analysis and the Narrative Policy Framework (NPF), the article asks to what degree agents at the level of domestic parl...
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Climate change policy is a key example for globalized multi-level governance, involving the European Parliament (EP) both as legislator of internal European Union (EU) regulation and discursive agent in global climate negotiations. Based on the comparison of decision-making in external and internal climate change policy, the article investigates th...
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The article investigates the cohesion of public discourse by members of the Merkel III government on three challenges of European governance: the negotiations on UK withdrawal from the EU, the management of the Greek debt crisis, and political responses to the entry of migrants into the EU and the refugee pact with Turkey. The rationale is to asses...
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Der Beitrag führt für seine Analyse der Europapolitik der zweiten Großen Koalition unter Kanzlerin Merkel zwei Thesen der neueren politikwissenschaftlichen Europaforschung zusammen: zum einen die Annahme einer zunehmenden Politisierung des Regierens in der Europäischen Union; zum anderen die politische und akademische Diskussion um Krisenanzeichen...
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The cooperation of labor and employer associations with the European Union (EU) has evolved in several stages, leading to an increasing differentiation and variety of interaction modes and policy outputs. This chapter describes the involvement of social partner organizations as an essential part of the evolution of regulatory social policy-making i...
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Unification has had a catalytic effect on discursive justifications for Germany’s involvement in the European Union at two levels: first, through the Federal Republic’s more exposed leadership role in an enlarged EU; and second, through the rise of the Left Party as a predominantly East German, but also the first consistently Eurosceptic party with...
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Fundamental social, political and economic changes that have taken hold in the Federal Republic since 1990 have undermined the idea of a single master narrative setting the course for unification. This special issue links processes of national transformation to a wide array of domestic, supranational and global developments, highlighting the long-t...
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The empirical study presented in this book investigates parliamentary debates about European integration in four national parliaments: the French Assemblée Nationale, the German Bundestag, the British House of Commons, and the Austrian Nationalrat. This selection of cases includes a considerable degree of variation in the institutional and party po...
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The task of this chapter is to link the two dimensions of public parliamentary debate discussed at the outset—namely, the justification of European decision-making through public claims-making on the one hand, and the polarization between parliamentary parties through expressed differences in their positions toward issues of European integration, o...
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This chapter describes the empirical data and methods used for the present study. The subsequent sections address the selection of parliamentary debates for the empirical analysis (Sect. 3.1), the method of data collection through the computer-based text coding of evaluative claims (Sect. 3.2), and the methods applied for subsequent quantitative (S...
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The previous chapter traced links between the two spheres of justification and polarization of parliamentary debate, and asked how identifiable links between these spheres can be generalized across cases. From this point of departure, the task of this chapter is to set our observations about these links in a comparative perspective. More specifical...
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This chapter presents the theoretical framework that will be used to investigate the main question of this book—namely, to explore the links between the argumentative framing of justifications for Europe, and the patterns of polarization between political parties in the plenary debates of four EU Member State parliaments. The analysis of this topic...
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This chapter presents a detailed qualitative analysis of the content of parliamentary debate in five thematic areas that are analyzed and compared as case studies for the questions asked in this book. The primary aim is to give a detailed description of the main arguments and the relative importance of different discursive frames that are used in p...
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This book has located the investigation of parliamentary debate on European integration at the intersection of two perspectives: the analysis of the discursive justification of decisions, institutions, and policies of the EU on the one hand, and the emergence of party political polarization through emerging differences in the use of argumentative f...
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This book investigates recent public debates about the European Union (EU) in national parliaments, which have become the primary arena for public debate about the EU. Responding to claims about a politicization of European governance, the author investigates the link between two dimensions of debate – the discursive justification and party politic...
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Die Bewältigung der europäischen Währungskrise war zweifellos das bestimmende Thema der Europapolitik während der Amtszeit der zweiten Regierung Merkel. Sie signalisiert dabei eine neue Stufe sowohl der europäischen Integration als auch der deutschen Europapolitik: Zum einen stellte die Krise den Fortbestand der europäischen Währungsunion zumindest...
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National parliaments are arenas both for the discursive justification of European integration and its party political contestation. This article harnesses a discourse theoretical framework to investigate the links between both dimensions in debates about the revision of the EU treaties in the parliaments of four member states (Austria, France, Germ...
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This article investigates the political discourse on the resolution of the Eurozone of the second Merkel government and its political contestation in plenary debates of the Bundestag. The empirical part demonstrates the high relevance of normative arguments in the debate, both for the case made by the government parties for a Stability Union and re...
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The thesis of a ‘politicisation’ of European integration has been influential both for research about the EU and comparative research on political parties. However, the debate triggered by this thesis remains elusive, inter alia, with regard to the thematic structure and the interaction modes of parties within controversies about EU multi-level gov...
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This article explores how European integration is contested between political parties in debates of the German Bundestag. Distinguishing between ‘domestic’ debates about the conduct of EU policy-making by the German government and ‘supranational’ debates about the institutions and policies of the European Union, the article asks for thematic object...
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Die Europapolitik gilt als einer der erfolgreichsten Arbeitsbereiche der Großen Koalition. Weithin beachtete Verhandlungserfolge, vor allem der während der deutschen Ratspräsidentschaft im ersten Halbjahr 2007 erzielte Durchbruch für eine Überarbeitung des Europäischen Verfassungsvertrages wurden auch im Ausland als wichtige politische Führungsleis...
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The governance of food safety presents a formidable series of challenges, both in general and, more specifically, within the context of the European Union.1 The purpose of this chapter is to outline and explore some of these challenges, bringing into focus the conceptual ideas upon which we may build in order to address them. The existing condition...
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Generally, the food safety governance activities represented by the framework in Fig. 2.8 are subject to various institutional and legal arrangements concerned with the assignment of responsibilities and the articulation of rights and obligations. The specific relevance of framing within this structure, as illustrated by the cyclical nature of the...
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As stated in previous chapters, one of the primary objectives of the General Framework is to be fully compatible with the existing legal requirements of EU food safety regulation and to be implementable with as few institutional changes as possible. Following this objective, it is stressed at the outset that the General Framework could be put into...
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Frameworks for food safety governance have evolved through a variety of forms since the mid-late twentieth century, and it is useful to reflect on these developments prior to introducing the General Framework adopted in this book. The simplistic technocratic model, wherein objective science is seen to directly inform policy making (shown in Fig. 2....
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Most studies about the role of independent agencies in the European context focus on the driving forces that condition the incentives of political actors to delegate policy making competencies, and that influence the agency design and the consequences of delegation for democratic control. However interesting, these studies often disregard the quest...
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.This article discusses the tensions between two aspects of institutional change in the EU: the adaptation of institutional arrangements with the prospect of the legitimization of Community governance within a policy-making arena on the one hand, and the external evaluation of these institutional developments from the viewpoint of democratic theory...
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Der Beitrag diskutiert am empirischen Beispiel der europäischen Sozialpolitik, in welcher Form verschiedene Elemente assoziativer Demokratie einen Beitrag zur Legitimation von Entscheidungsprozessen in der EU leisten können. Dazu werden zunächst drei Ansätze im Zusammenhang dieses Modells - partizipationsbezogene Ansätze, Argumentationen mit Bezug...

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