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Overview


Theories of the Policy Process provides a forum for the proponents of several of the most promising and widely used theoretical frameworks to present the basic propositions of their frameworks, to assess the empirical evidence that has developed, and to discuss promising directions for future research. The first edition contained analyses of Institutional Rational Choice (Ostrom), Multiple Streams (Zahariadis), Punctuated Equilibrium (Jones et al.), Advocacy Coalition Framework (Sabatier and Jenkins-Smith), and Policy Diffusion (Berry and Berry). The second edition revises these and adds new chapters on Social Construction and Policy Design (Schneider et al.) and Policy Networks (Adam and Kriesi). It also contains a much more serious analysis of the European literature relevant to each of the frameworks. Finally, the new edition contains a revised chapter by Edella Schlager, presenting a comparative analysis and evaluation of the relevant frameworks, and a concluding chapter by the editor suggesting a number of strategies for improving the state of theorizing in this field.
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Provides a forum for seven proponents of widely used theories of policy process to present basic propositions of their frameworks, to assess the empirical evidence that has developed over the last decade, and to discuss promising directions for future research. After an introduction reviewing the literature, sections cover alternative views of the role of rationality in the policy process, frameworks focusing on policy change over fairly long periods, and frameworks comparing policies across a large number of political systems. The editor is affiliated with the department of environmental science and policy at the University of California-Davis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813343594
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2007
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 569,489
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Paul A. Sabatier is political scientist and professor of environmental studies at the University of California, Davis. 
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Table of Contents

1 The Need for Better Theories 3
2 The Stages Approach to the Policy Process: What Has It Done? Where Is It Going? 19
3 Institutional Rational Choice: An Assessment of the Institutional Analysis and Development Framework 35
4 Ambiguity, Time, and Multiple Streams 73
5 Punctuated-Equilibrium Theory: Explaining Stability and Change in American Policymaking 97
6 The Advocacy Coalition Framework: An Assessment 117
7 Innovation and Diffusion Models in Policy Research 169
8 The Policy Process and Large-N Comparative Studies 201
9 A Comparison of Frameworks, Theories, and Models of Policy Processes 233
10 Fostering the Development of Policy Theory 261
About the Editor and Contributors 277
Index 279
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