Check Your Government

In Germany, the public is not usually aware of how stakeholders influence legislation. Although the citizens know that making laws is a complex business, there is a lack of transparency regarding the points where the relationships between government and external stakeholders have an impact on this process. Together with the Tagesspiegel newspaper, the Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW is addressing the deciphering of these patterns.

Researchers from the Fraunhofer IMW Leipzig are responsible for the project analysis: They are evaluating data records from existing initiatives that examine the influence of stakeholders on policy makers and are also augmenting them with new data records from various sources. These sources are all accessible to the public but have so far not been evaluated. The project team also intends to unlock new sources.

By revealing the mechanisms for influencing legislation, the project team is opening up new research possibilities to journalists. The results also unlock new approaches and methods for analyzing competitors and the competitive environment. After a period of transition, important areas of the information platform developed within the scope of this project are to be made available for public use.