Based on and linking our research projects on “The Politics of Law and Order” and “The Political Economy of Private Security”, Georg Wenzelburger and I have published a new article in the Austrian Journal of Political Science. In this study we ask, how Germany’s policy output in the sector of law and order changed due to the refugee crisis and whether this change amounts to a new policy path?
By drawing on several mechanisms of path dependency and by expanding the empirical analysis to private security, we can show that the refugee crisis impacted greatly on German law and order policy. State and market provide more security than before and cooperate more closely – a somewhat new policy path which might be going to last due to reinforcing mechanisms of path dependency. The full article can be accessed here.