Marion Steinkamp will be a NRW School of Governance/AICGS Fellow in September 2011. Since 2010 she has been one of two managing directors at the NRW School of Governance at the University of Duisburg-Essen. The NRW School of Governance is an initiative to support an excellent master and graduate program in the field of Policy Management, Public Policy, and Public Administration. Ms. Steinkamp holds a master’s degree in Political Management from the University of Duisburg-Essen. She received her bachelor’s degree in applied communication and media science at the University of Duisburg-Essen. Her research interest include the political system of Germany, policy entrepreneurship, and political communication. She has been a member of the “Forschungsgruppe Regieren” since 2006.

During her NRW/AICGS Fellowship in September, Ms. Steinkamp will be working on a project with associate NRW/AICGS Fellow Andreas Jüschke. They will explore the American way of insolvency at the local level, with a focus on whether or not the American way is a model for NRW to escape financial paralysis. In particular, they will examine the current situation in American and NRW communities in relation to the possible courses of action for political actors and institutions. A main question of the project will be: “Is insolvency at the local level a way for political actors and institutions to increase their capacity to act?”