Economic Advisory and Planning Systems

  • Hubertus Müller-Groeling
  • Yukio Noguchi
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This section will attempt to sketch the planning and advisory system in West Germany, in a narrow rather than broad sense of the term, and reflect on its role in policy formation. Thus the formal system alone will be described, while informal advice-giving, as well as the representation of special interests in policy formation processes, for both theoretical and practical reasons, will be excluded from our discussion. Even for the formal system, only the major components of the advisory system will be described and their influence evaluated in any detail. Likewise, and notwithstanding the ubiquitous nature of planning, attention will be focused on the presence or absence of a formal planning system. There would be little of real significance in the discovery that, even in a market economy like West Germany’s, households, individual ministries and the government as a whole all plan.


Planning System Economic Change Economic Advisory Economic Plan Advisory Council 
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  • Yukio Noguchi

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