Comparatistics

International comparison is one of the most important methods of the empirical-analytical environmental policy analysis. Based on a systematic comparative view on different national environmental policies it is possible to make general statements about the conditions for success as well as the restrictions of environmental policies. Also, this view allows to understand the causal mechanisms of change in national environmental policy. Since its foundation in 1986, comparative studies about environmental policies in industrialized countries are one of the central research topics of the FFU. Recently, the comparison of newly industrializing countries, developing countries and sub-national entities like cities or communes is becoming more and more important.
Extensive data bases about intrastate diffusion and convergency of environmental policies or local climate politics are just one example for the work of the FFU. In addition, there are comparative studies about the efficiency of national, regional and local climate and sustainability programs, case studies of environmental or climate policies in model communities as well as investigations into the relationship between decision makers on different levels.
Employees of the FF are responsible for teaching "Comparative Analysis of Political Systems" in the Bachelor's and Master's programs of the Institute for Political Sciences (OSI).

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Das FFU führt im Rahmen des Gesamtprojekts eine Studie durch, die Best Practices auf internationaler Ebene identifiziert und analysiert. Es werden zehn Nachhaltigkeitsstrategien betrachtet, die sich in der Literatur eine Reputation als besonders erfolgreich bzw. erfolgversprechend erworben haben.

Laufzeit: 01.07.2013 - 31.12.2013

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The Environmental Policy Research Centre is involved in the Alliance with a comprehensive project from the political science perspective. The project will investigate new governance requirements for the electricity system restructuring.

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REALISE FORUM (Renewable Energy and Liberalisation in Selected Electricity markets–Forum) attempted to establish a basis for coherence for national renewables policies in the view of a possible harmonisation or coordination of financing mechanisms and support scheme for RES-E.

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The GTZ-pilot project "Environmental Policy and the Promotion of Strategy Processes for Sustainable Development" (Rioplus) aimed at delivering policy advice regarding the development and implementation of sustainable development strategies.

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