Part 1 Introduction: the policy cycle; typology of decisions; the network approach; the decline of parliament and the growth of legislation.
Part 2 Policy formulation: agenda-setting and the media; agenda-setting and policy steering by the parties; preparation of bills by the administration; scientific policy advice.
Part 3 Parliamentary decision-making: the introduction of bills in parliament; committees and parliamentary decision-making; the hidden part of the decision-making network - the interest groups; parliamentary hearings; plenary sessions and public debates in the decision-making process; strategies of the oppositions; voting on bills; the federal state and the decision-making process.
Part 4 Control of legislation: judicial review of legislation; control of the feasibility of legislation - implementation by the bureaucracy; control of efficiency and efficacy - the stage of evaluation; amendment of laws. Appendix: the 150 key decisions of the German Bundestag.