The increasingly global study of policy processes faces challenges with scholars applying theories in radically different national and cultural contexts. Questions frequently arise about how to conduct policy process research comparatively and among this global community of scholars. Methods of the Policy Process is the first book to remedy this situation, not by establishing an orthodoxy or imposing upon the policy process community a rigid way of conducting research but, instead, by allowing the leading researchers in the different theoretical traditions a space to share the means by which they put their research into action.
This edited volume serves as a companion volume and supplemental guide to the well-established Theories of the Policy Process, 4th Edition. Methods of the Policy Process acknowledges that growth and advancement in the study of the policy process is dependent not merely on conceptual and theoretical development, but also on developing and systematizing better methodological approaches to measurement and analysis. To maximize student engagement with the material, each chapter follows a similar framework: introduction of a given theory of the policy process, application of that theory (including best practices for research design, conceptualization, major data sources, data collection, and methodological approaches), critical assessment, future directions, and often online resources (including datasets, survey instruments, and interview and coding protocols). While the structure and focus of each chapter varies slightly according to the theoretical tradition being discussed, each chapter's central aim is to prepare readers to confidently undertake common methodological strategies themselves.
Methods of the Policy Process is especially beneficial to people new to the field, including students enrolled in policy process courses, as well as those without access to formal training. For scholars experienced in applying theories, this edited volume is a helpful reference to clarify best practices in research methods.
Table of Contents
1. The Design of Policy Process Research
Samuel Workman and Christopher M. Weible
2. How to Conduct a Multiple Streams Study
Reimut Zohlnhöfer, Nicole Herweg, and Nikolaos Zahariadis
3. The Code and Craft of Punctuated Equilibrium
Samuel Workman, Frank R. Baumgartner, and Bryan D. Jones
4. Methods for Applying Policy Feedback Theory
Mallory SoRelle and Jamila Michener
5. Advocacy Coalition Framework: Advice on Applications and Methods
Adam Douglas Henry, Karin Ingold, Daniel Nohrstedt, and Christopher M. Weible
6. Conducting Narrative Policy Framework Research: From Theory to Methods
Michael D. Jones, Mark K. McBeth, Elizabeth A. Shanahan, Aaron Smith-Walter, and Geoboo Song
7. Innovation and Diffusion: Connecting Theory and Method
8. Methods for Analyzing Social Dilemmas and Institutional Arrangements Within the Institutional Analysis and Development Framework
Edella Schlager, Saba Siddiki, and Michael Cox
9. Methodological Approaches to the Ecology of Games Framework
Mark Lubell, Matthew Hamilton, Jack Mewhirter, Francesca Vantaggiato, and Ramiro Berardo
10. The Evaluation and Advancement of Policy Process Research
Christopher M. Weible and Samuel Workman
Christopher M. Weible is Professor in the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver. His research focuses on conflict and collaboration in policy processes. He is the Editor of the Theories of the Policy Process, Co-Editor of Policy & Politics, and Co-Director of the Center for Policy and Democracy.
Samuel Workman is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Institute for Policy Research and Public Affairs in the Rockefeller School of Policy and Politics at West Virginia University. His work is focused on public policy, agenda setting, the bureaucracy, regulatory policy, and research methodology. He is Principal Investigator on the Education Regulations Project (EdRegs), funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the author of The Dynamics of Bureaucracy in the U.S. Government. His work has appeared in the Policy Studies Journal, the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Policy and Politics, Interest Groups and Advocacy, and Towards Data Science, among others. He is a founding Editor of 3Streams with William Resh and Heath Brown. His popular writing focuses on data science and rural public policy, especially politics and public policy in Appalachia.
"More than a supplemental guide to Theories of the Policy Process: The book offers a fantastic overview and inspiring insights into gathering and analyzing data about policy processes. Thereby, the book not only provides the necessary tools for empirically-grounded research, but also for advancing theories of the policy process"
Florence Metz, University of Twente, Netherlands
"Methods of the Policy Process articulates best practices for applying policy process theories while emphasizing flexibility and creativity. It is an essential resource for scholars seeking to design and conduct rigorous, theory-driven research that better illuminates the complex dynamics of modern policymaking"
Elizabeth A. Koebele, University of Nevada, USA
"An eclectic methodological roadmap for new and experienced scholars. The volume edited by Christopher Weible and Samuel Workman presents a wide variety of research strategies, from different theoretical traditions in policy studies. It is an essential book that advances the discussion about methods and offers a major contribution to the global community of public policy academics"
Osmany Porto de Oliveira, Federal University of São Paulo, Brazil