Foresight in Germany: Implications for Policy Making

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Abstract

This chapter addresses the efforts of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) to use Foresight processes as instruments in to look into the longer-term future, from which to derive insights into, and recommendations for, research and innovation policies. These efforts have evolved over time. The first projects aimed at providing information about future topics; however more recent Foresight processes were directed to the BMBF and (indirectly) its portfolio. We examine the effects of these Foresight processes, leading us to explore the reasons for it being difficult in practice to really have an impact on policy making. The latest “BMBF Foresight Process” illustrates these attempts and shows a tendency towards systemic integration of Foresight results and use of these to inform transformation processes.

Keywords

Innovation System Delphi Study Delphi Process Future Field Path Creation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation ResearchKarlsruheGermany

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