Theories of the Policy Process

Theories of the Policy Process

by Christopher M. Weible, Paul A. Sabatier

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Theories of the Policy Process provides a forum for the experts in the most established and widely used theoretical frameworks in policy process research to present the basic propositions, empirical evidence, latest updates, and the promising future research opportunities of each framework. This well-regarded volume covers such enduring classics as Multiple Streams (Zahariadis et al.), Punctuated Equilibrium (Jones et al.), Advocacy Coalition Framework (Jenkins-Smith et al.), Institutional Analysis and Development Framework (Schlager and Cox), and Policy Diffusion (Berry and Berry), as well as two newer theories—Policy Feedback (Mettler and SoRelle) and Narrative Policy Framework (McBeth et al.).

The fourth edition now includes a discussion of global and comparative perspectives in each theoretical chapter and a brand-new chapter that explores how these theories have been adapted for, and employed in, non-American and non-Western contexts. An expanded introduction and revised conclusion fully examines and contextualizes the history, trajectories and functions of public policy research. Since its first publication in 1999, Theories of the Policy Process has been, and remains, the quintessential gateway to the field of policy process research for students, scholars and practitioners.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780429973918
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 05/15/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 926,721
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Christopher M. Weible is professor at the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver. He is co-editor of Policy Debates in Hydraulic Fracking (2016).

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

Table of Contents


Introduction: The Scope and Focus of Policy Process Research and Theory, Christopher M. Weible

Part I: Theoretical Approaches to Policy Process Research

Chapter 1: Ambiguity and Multiple Streams, Nicole Herweg, Nikolaos Zahariadis, and Reimut Zohlnhoefer

Chapter 2: Punctuated Equilibrium Theory: Explaining Stability and Change in Public Policymaking, Frank R. Baumgartner, Bryan D. Jones, and Peter B. Mortensen

Chapter 3: Policy Feedback Theory, Suzanne Mettler and Mallory SoRelle

Chapter 4: Advocacy Coalition Framework: An Overview of the Research Program, Hank Jenkins-Smith, Daniel Nohrstedt, Christopher M. Weible, and Karin Ingold

Chapter 5: The Narrative Policy Framework, Elizabeth A. Shanahan, Michael D. Jones, Mark K. McBeth, and Claudio Radaelli

Chapter 6: The IAD Framework and the SES Framework: An Introduction and Assessment of the Ostrom Workshop Frameworks, Edella Schlager and Michael Cox

Chapter 7: Innovations and Diffusion Models in Policy Research, Frances Stokes Berry and William D. Berry

Part II: Comparisons and Conclusions

Chapter 8: Comparison of Theories of the Policy Process, Tanya Heikkila and Paul Cairney

Chapter 9: Struggle and Triumph in Fusing Policy Process and Comparative Research, Jale Tosun and Samuel Workman

Chapter 10: Moving Forward and Climbing Upward: Advancing Policy Process Research, Christopher M. Weible

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