Theories Of The Policy Process
Theories of the Policy Process provides a forum for the experts in policy process research to present the basic propositions, empirical evidence, latest updates, and the promising future research opportunities of each policy process theory.
In this thoroughly revised fifth edition, each chapter has been updated to reflect recent empirical work, innovative theorizing, and a world facing challenges of historic proportions with climate change, social and political inequities, and pandemics, among recent events. Updated and revised chapters include Punctuated Equilibrium Theory, Multiple Streams Framework, Policy Feedback Theory, Advocacy Coalition Framework, Narrative Policy Framework, Institutional and Analysis and Development Framework, and Diffusion and Innovation. This fifth edition includes an entirely new chapter on the Ecology of Games Framework. New authors have been added to most chapters to diversify perspectives and make this latest edition the most internationalized yet. Across the chapters, revisions have clarified concepts and theoretical arguments, expanded and extended the theories’ scope, summarized lessons learned and knowledge gained, and addressed the relevancy of policy process theories.
Theories of the Policy Process has been, and remains, the quintessential gateway to the field of policy process research for students, scholars, and practitioners. It’s ideal for those enrolled in policy process courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and those conducting research or undertaking practice in the subject.
Introduction: The Scope and Focus of Policy Process Research and Theories
Christopher M. Weible
Part I: Theoretical Approaches to Policy Process Research
- The Multiple Streams Framework: Foundations, Refinements, and Empirical Applications
- Punctuated Equilibrium Theory: Explaining Stability and Change in Public Policymaking
- Policy Feedback Theory
- The Advocacy Coalition Framework: Progress and Emerging Areas
- The Narrative Policy Framework
- The IAD Framework and Its Tools for Policy and Institutional Analysis
- Policy Diffusion and Innovation
- The Ecology of Games Framework: Complexity in Polycentric Governance
- How Should We Compare Theories of the Policy Process?
- Struggle and Triumph in Fusing Policy Process and Comparative Research
- Advancing Policy Process Research and Theories
Nicole Herweg, Nikolaos Zahariadis, and Reimut Zohlnhöfer
Frank R. Baumgartner, Bryan D. Jones, and Peter B. Mortensen
Suzanne Mettler and Mallory E. Sorelle
Daniel Nohrstedt, Karin Ingold, Christopher M. Weible, Elizabeth A. Koebele, Kristin L. Olofsson, Keiichi Satoh, and Hank C. Jenkins-Smith
Michael D. Jones, Aaron Smith-Walter, Mark K. McBeth, and Elizabeth A. Shanahan
Edella Schlager and Sergio Villamayor-Tomas
Osmany Porto de Oliveira, Giulia C. Romano, Craig Volden, and Andrew Karch
Mark Lubell, Jack Mewhirter, and Matthew Robbins
Part II: Comparisons and Conclusions
Paul Cairney and Tanya Heikkila
Jale Tosun and Samuel Workman
Christopher M. Weible
"Theories of the Policy Process, Fifth Edition continues to define public policy scholarship more than two decades after the first edition was published. The authors, under the editorial guidance of Chris Weible, deliver theoretically innovative material through the circumspect curation of updated chapters, a feat not insignificant for the fifth edition of an edited volume. Moreover, Theories of the Policy Process is most empirically relevant in substance and form: the expanding geographical scope of the theories’ practical applications renders the material spatially aware whereas the author teams are diverse, producing polyphonic scholarship. Theories of the Policy Process charted my own career path almost two decades ago—the fifth edition is a compass every student and researcher must possess in order to navigate the complex public policy questions of our time."
Evangelia Petridou, Mid Sweden University, Sweden and NTNU Social Research, Norway
"Theories of the Policy Process, Fifth Edition provides the most comprehensive set of theoretical lenses, including comparative lens, to observe complex policy processes. Each lens offered within this book is clear, unique and up to date. It is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the policy process quickly and conduct policy process research better."
Fang Chen, School of Public Affairs, Xiamen University, China
"The study of public policy processes is fundamental to our understanding of how governments, organizations and individuals interact over time. In this Fifth edition of the famous Theories of the Policy Process book, Christopher Weible manages to give readers a new and improved set of theories and concepts of the policy process. From Punctuated Equilibrium Theory to Narrative Policy Framework to Institutional Analysis and Development, chapter authors (all of them experienced policy process scholars) offer excellent and accessible theoretical insight into how public policy works as well as diverse frameworks and theories to understand it. Keeping Paul Sabatier’s legacy alive, Christopher Weible’s Theories of the Policy Process book is, and will remain, an indispensable source for policy scholars, practitioners and government officials worldwide."
Raul Pacheco-Vega, Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) Sede México, Mexico