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.

chapter |13 pages

Introduction: The Scope and Focus of Policy Process Research and Theory

ByChristopher M. Weible

part I|283 pages

Theoretical Approaches to Policy Process Research

chapter 1|37 pages

The Multiple Streams Framework: Foundations, Refinements, and Empirical Applications

ByNicole Herweg, Nikolaos Zahariadis, Reimut Zohlnhöfer

chapter 2|47 pages

Punctuated Equilibrium Theory: Explaining Stability and Change in Public Policymaking

ByFrank R. Baumgartner, Bryan D. Jones, Peter B. Mortensen

chapter 3|32 pages

Policy Feedback Theory

BySuzanne Mettler, Mallory Sorelle

chapter 4|37 pages

The Advocacy Coalition Framework: An Overview of the Research Program

ByHank C. Jenkins-Smith, Daniel Nohrstedt, Christopher M. Weible, Karin Ingold

chapter 5|41 pages

The Narrative Policy Framework

ByElizabeth A. Shanahan, Michael D. Jones, Mark K. Mcbeth, Claudio M. Radaelli

chapter 7|45 pages

Innovation and Diffusion Models in Policy Research

ByFrances Stokes Berry, William D. Berry

part II|87 pages

Comparisons and Conclusions

chapter 8|27 pages

Comparison of Theories of the Policy Process

ByTanya Heikkila, Paul Cairney

chapter 9|34 pages

Struggle and Triumph in Fusing Policy Process and Comparative Research

ByJale Tosun, Samuel Workman

chapter 10|23 pages

Moving Forward and Climbing Upward: Advancing Policy Process Research

ByChristopher M. Weible