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The Ecologic Institute and Its Influence on Policies in Germany and the EU

The Ecologic Institute and Its Influence on Policies in Germany and the EU

In this book chapter, R. Andreas Kraemer offers insights to the functional aspects and challenges in the Ecologic Institute organization, in both a German and European context. After presenting strategies like network cooperation, and internal structures, e.g. the "Fluid Matrix Organization" of the staff, R. Andreas Kraemer highlights policy successes regarding water or nuclear power policy.

Strategies: Partnerships and Cooperations

As one of the largest non-governmental research institutes in the fields of development, environment, and sustainable resource use, the Ecologic Institute plays an important role at national and European level. R. Andreas Kraemer describes how Ecologic Institute is embedded into the German and European research landscape with partnerships, e.g. with US American universities, and cooperations like the Ecornet (Ecological Research Network).

Structures: Fluid Matrix Organization

Organizing the staff in flexible teams is a structural characteristic of Ecologic Institut and ensures a fast and effective approach in project work. The book chapter presents an insight into the practical functioning of this "Fluid Matrix Organization."

Successes: EU Water Policy

The Ecologic Institute does not aim at directly influencing policies; rather, political debates and decision making processes are supported and improved by neutral and evidence-based information. Through the example of EU water policy, R. Andreas Kraemer explains how the Ecologic Institutes has promoted exchange and mutual understanding among experts from different member states.

The book can be purchased at the price of 53,73€.


Kraemer, R. Andreas 2014: "The Ecologic Institute and Its Influence on Policies in Germany and the EU", in: James G. McGann; Anna Viden and Jillian Rafferty (eds.): How Think Tanks Shape Social Development Policies. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 129-148.

20 pp.
Table of Contents

A Profile of the Ecologic Institute and Its Institutional Background
The Context for Environmental Think Tanks: Low Politics and Sound Science
Context in Germany: Consensus-Driven Federalism on the Move
Context in the EU: Multicentric Polity with a Culture of Its Own

Strategy: Applied Transdisciplinarity from Research to Policy
Strategy: Working Around the Policy Cycle
Example: The 'Clearing Point' for Grid Connections of Renewable Power Sources
Strategy: Cooperation in Networks

Structure: Diversification and Fluid Matrix Organization
Structure: Diversification for Resilience (and Growth)
Structure: Fluid Matrix Organization

Impact: Some Achievements
Alignment of Regulatory Approaches Across EU Member States (Water Policy)
Nuclear Phase-out and the Green Power Shift in Germany and the EU



Ecologic Institute, environment, sustainability, European policies, transatlantic relations, Berlin, Germany, Brussels, European Union, EU, United States, USA, Washingon, San Mateo