10 Questions Behind Hertie School Research
Voltaire said you should judge a man by his questions rather than his answers. At the Hertie School our researchers make it their business to ask the right questions and get to the bottom of them through cutting-edge research. Here are just a couple of the questions behind our research.
How Transparent are German Foundations?1 / 10
Foundations make a significant contribution to civil society. But how do they actually work and what mechanisms are behind them? Questions like these are being explored in Hertie School Dean and Professor Helmut K. Anheier’s most recent research project Positioning and Contributions of German Foundations. In cooperation with the Center for Social Investment and Innovation at the University of Heidelberg, the two-year project is – fittingly – funded by five German Foundations, namely the Hertie, Volkswagen, Mercator, Robert Bosch and Fritz Thyssen Foundations. Hertie School Postdoctoral Researcher, Nina Kolleck, is coordinating the project.
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To Debt Brake or not to Debt Brake?2 / 10
That was the question when the federal state government of Baden-Württemberg requested an expert report about whether or not they should implement the “debt brake” adopted by the German Federal Parliament in 2009 into their state constitution. Hertie School Professors Henrik Enderlein (right) and Jobst Fiedler (left) tackled the task and presented a report to the State's Finance Minister Nils Schmid (centre) in Stuttgart in May 2012. Their recommendation: Yes, in order to achieve a sustainable fiscal policy in Baden-Württemberg, the state parliament should make the debt brake an obligation of constitutional status.
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How Effective are Public Sector Reforms Across Europe?3 / 10
Project coordinator and Hertie School professor Gerhard Hammerschmid presented the interim results of the Coordinating for Cohesion in the Public Sector of the Future (COCOPS) project to the vice-president of the European Commission, Maros Šefčovič, in Brussels. The COCOPS project under the leadership of Hertie School and Erasmus University Rotterdam seeks to comparatively and quantitatively assess the impact of New Public Management-style reforms in European countries. It is a joint initiative of 11 universities in 10 European countries and is funded under the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme.
A German Federal Volunteer Service for Everyone?4 / 10
Hertie School Research Associate Rabea Haß co-authored a study on the German Federal Volunteer Service. She presented the results of the study on 15 May 2013 in the Bundestag and revealed, among others, that the proportion of older people in the Service is growing, especially in East Germany. The study, a collaborative project with the Center for Social Investment (CSI) of Heidelberg University, was widely reported on in the media.
What Does “Growth, Well-being and Quality of Life" Mean in Germany?5 / 10
Hertie School Professor Anke Hassel was appointed to the German Federal Government's Study Commission on “Growth, Well-being and Quality of Life" as an authorised expert in November 2012. She developed expert recommendations for the government in the areas of labour, consumer behaviour and lifestyles.
Are the Kids Alright?6 / 10
Hertie School Professor Klaus Hurrelmann has led several youth studies, among them, the Shell Youth Study and, more recently, the World Vision Youth Study that was presented in November 2013. Hurrelmann analysed the answers of over 2500 children about their living situation and well-being. The aim of the study was to give six- to eight-year-old children a voice and make it heard by policy-makers. Klaus Hurrelmann has always spoken for children’s opinions and has advocated that their ideas and problems should be taken seriously.
How Does European Integration Really Work?7 / 10
Hertie School Professor Markus Jachtenfuchs has published his newest book Beyond the Regulatory Polity (Oxford University Press) with co-author Philipp Genschel (Jacobs University, Bremen). The book challenges major theoretical debates about the European Union and offers new perspectives on the institutional architecture and dynamics of the EU.
Why do Belgian Families Have More Children than German Families?8 / 10
Why do Belgian families have more children than German families? Is it because of a German “culture of fewer children”? A study by Hertie School Professor Michaela Kreyenfeld showed for the first time that the reason can be found in family policy and the availability of child care. Her comparative research showed that the low German birth rate is not due to cultural reasons, but rather an immediate result of lacking public child care.
How do we Outsmart Corruption?9 / 10
Alina Mungiu-Pippidi fights corruption on many levels: She has been teaching Democratisation and Policy Analysis at the Hertie School since 2007, but she also chairs the European Research Centre for Anti-Corruption and State Building and co-directs ANTICORRP: This large-scale research project, funded by the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Program, investigates and explains the factors that promote or hinder the development of effective anti-corruption policies and impartial government institutions.
What Does Good Governance Look Like in Public Administration?10 / 10
The Governance Report 2014, which will be launched on 10 April at the Hertie School, explores how the capacity of public administration can be enhanced to meaningfully contribute to public problem-solving. Written in large part by Hertie School Professor Kai Wegrich and Martin Lodge (London School of Economics and Political Science), the Report concludes that there is no single blueprint for public sector reform. Instead, the search for solutions must consider the mix of administrative capacities required, the bottlenecks that exist, and the context in which problems occur. The Report also presents indicators, developed by Piero Stanig and his team at the Hertie School, that assess administrative capacities in the OECD and other countries.