Briefing Paper (in German: Analysen und Stellungnahmen) are always four pages long and discuss ongoing and controversial issues in international relations. By including recommendations, the series primarily aims at policy makers, practitioners, and representatives of the (professional) media industry. Besides, the series is also open to everyone interested in developmental issues.
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Loewe, Markus / Bernhard Trautner / Tina Zintl (2020)
Le contrat social est un terme clé dans les sciences sociales, mais il a rarement été bien défini. Nous suggérons un concept où les contrats sociaux sont des ensembles d'accords entre les groupes sociétaux et le gouvernement sur les droits et obligations les uns envers les autres.
La coopération franco-allemande en matière de développement international, malgré des engagements continus, reste plus opportuniste que stratégique. Ce Briefing Paper présente les principaux obstacles à une coopération franco-allemande renforcée et propose des solutions.
Despite continued commitments, the French-German cooperation in international development remains rather opportunity- than strategy-driven. This Briefing Paper presents the major obstacles to a closer French-German cooperation and presents solutions.
An essential prerequisite for successfull policies is supportive behaviour of targeted populations. We present the Theory of Planned Behaviour which helps to systematically understand factors that influence human reactions and may support the design and implementation of development programmes.
Burchi, Francesco / Christoph Strupat / Armin von Schiller (2020)
The question how societies hold together and which policies enhance social cohesion is receiving increasing attention. This Briefing Paper stresses the contribution to social cohesion that revenue collection and social policies can have, as well as the inter-linkages between these two areas.
This paper discusses how a reconfiguration of the European development finance system could increase efficiency and sustainability. In this regard, the focus should be shifted from institutional to substantial considerations, including partner countries’ needs.
The UN's Global Compact on Refugees agreed upon in 2018 calls for an enhanced local integration of refugees in their countries of destination. Implementation success significantly hinges on policy interests of subnational actors and area-based potentials and challenges of displacement.
Castillejo, Clare / Eva Dick / Benjamin Schraven (2019)
Since 2015, the EU has significantly increased its efforts on preventing irregular migration from Africa. The paper examines the impact of this shift on free movement policies in two African sub-regions and indicates the reasons for significant differences in outcome.
Loewe, Markus / Bernhard Trautner / Tina Zintl (2019)
The social contract is a key term in social science literature focusing on state-society relations but has rarely been well. Our briefing paper suggests a concept where social contracts are sets of agreements between societal groups and the government on rights and obligations towards each other.
The drifting-apart of societies has become a major concern in many regions. Economic factors such as income inequality are often assumed to aggravate these trends. This brief depicts what we actually know about the relation between economic factors and social cohesion and outlines policy implications.