There's a place for us? The Digital Agenda Committee and internet policy in the German Bundestag

2020-10-15 | journal article; research paper. A publication of Göttingen

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​There's a place for us? The Digital Agenda Committee and internet policy in the German Bundestag​
Schwanholz, J.   & Jakobi, T. ​ (2020) 
Internet Policy Review9(4).​ DOI: 

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Schwanholz, Julia ; Jakobi, Tobias 
The Digital Agenda Committee of the Bundestag was a remarkable institutional change in Germany. It represents the first body of its kind among all EU member states. In this article, we analyse it in its first legislative session (2013-2017) and examine the case of data retention legislation to determine if it had the effect sought by internet policy entrepreneurs of the time. Thereby, we contribute to a better understanding of whether internet issues became institutionalised in the Bundestag and, generally, how new policies emerge. Our results show that the new committee did not promote and share a common policy image in the first session. However, it strongly drifted to become a venue for digital policy. International scholars can learn not only about the establishment of new committees in the German parliament but also about an analytical framework to analyse cases in other parliaments or institutional settings.
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Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät ; Institut für Politikwissenschaft ; Arbeitsbereich Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft & politische Ökonomie 



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