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This chapter takes a comparative perspective of policy analysis in the German-speaking countries Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Policy analysis there does not only share common scientific and political traditions but there are also established common journals (e.g. German Policy Studies), regular joint conferences, and an extensive exchange of researchers. The language contributes to a common tradition and to the use of similar analytical frameworks and methods in the three countries. Quite often, the German-speaking countries only slowly adapt to Anglo-American theoretical lenses. German-speaking policy analysis has established some own variations of theoretical frameworks (like the Actor-centered Institutionalism). Nonetheless, each of the three countries has established substantial peculiarities that relate to the respective political and higher education environment. While policy analysis in Switzerland displays both an applied practice-oriented focus as well as an international orientation in terms of basic research, Austria has developed its own constructivist perspectives. Germany as the largest of the three German-speaking countries combines both perspectives.

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Emotions are gaining increasing attention in public policy. Policy process research so far has focused on the effects of emotions rather than their roots. In social psychology, emotions are a central part of social identity theory (SIT), and the relevance of social identities in the policy process (SIPP) has recently been acknowledged. This raises the question of how the identification with social groups is linked to emotions related to policies and policy preferences. Filling this research gap, this article analyses social identities and resulting emotions as potential explanations for public policy preferences. The findings reveal that the strength of social identities is a significant predictor for policy-related emotions. However, it also shows that the explanatory power of social identities and related emotions differs by policy field. Our results have implications for the study of social groups and emotions and for understanding and overcoming conflicts between people with different identities and emotions.

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