Institute of Political Science

Research projects

Comparative climate change policy analysis in cities in California and Baden-Württemberg

The research project "Comparative climate change policy analysis in cities in California and Baden-Württemberg" has been funded by the initiative "Creating Climate Change Collaboration (4c) Baden-Württemberg - California State University" by Dr. Melanie Nagel (Institute of Political Science). It is funded by the Excellence Strategy "Environmental Systems" of the University of Tübingen and carried out in cooperation with scientists of the California State University in Long Beach. Two research assistants are employed in Tübingen and three in LongBeach. Due to the pandemic, this pilot study will be conducted online and is planned for one year (start February 2021). Teams of researchers in Long Beach and Tübingen will collect data in
Phase 1, collect data on local climate policy in the selected case cities (Mannheim, Karlsruhe, Long Beach, and Oakland) via local newspapers, creating a cross-national code-book and analyze these with a discourse network analysis. In Phase 2, local climate policy organizations identified as relevant will be investigated with a survey questionnaire. The research questions refer to questions like: Which actors are particularly important for a (more or less) successful climate policy? Which discourses that are supportive for local climate protection projects can be identified? What motivates actors to engage in climate protection projects? The research trip funded by the Ministry of Science and the Arts will be followed up at a later date and a research cooperation beyond this will be pursued.

Common public goods

- The political organization of infrastructure provision in the regulatory state

The research project "Common public goods. The political organization of infrastructure provision in the regulatory state" is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) under the funding line "Participation and Common Good" and is located at the Institute of Political Science at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen.

We investigate how infrastructure tasks are politically conceived as public goods and how they are demanded from the guarantor state. We are interested in the extent to which the state sees itself as a guarantor state in the organization of services for the common good and is able to meet the expectations placed on it. We focus on selected fields of action:

- outpatient health care in rural areas

- the provision of urban housing

- ensuring "clean air".

In these fields of action, we want to determine more precisely what specific developments, problems and obstacles there are and how political decision-makers are reacting to them. In particular, we analyze the competing meanings and justifications for the state's offer of public goods. In addition, we examine the performance claims  that civil society actors bring to the state. Among the competing discursive and programmatic conceptions, the positions of so-called "weak interest groups" are to be given special attention - from the perspective of participation.

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Current publication projects

The textbook "Klassiker des politökonomischen Denkens" ("Classics of Political Economy Thinking") is currently being written by Hans-Jürgen Bieling, Carla Coburger and Patrick Klösel. It is expected to be completed in 2021.