Policy Narratives and Policy Processes
The Advocacy Coalition Framework (ACF) has inﬂuenced a generation of policy scholars with its emphasis on causal drivers, testable hypotheses, and falsiﬁcation. Until recently, the role of policy narratives has been largely neglected in ACF literature partially because much of that work has operated outside of traditional social science principles, such as falsiﬁcation. Yet emerging literature under the rubric of Narrative Policy Framework (NPF) demonstrates how the role of policy narratives in policy processes is studied using the same rigorous social science standards initially set forth by Paul A. Sabatier. The NPF identiﬁes theories specifying narrative elements and strategies that are likely useful to ACF researchers as classes of variables that have yet to be integrated. Examining this proposition, we provide seven hypotheses related to critical ACF concepts including advocacy coalitions and policy beliefs, policy learning, public opinion, and strategy. Our goal is to stay within the scientiﬁc, theoretical, and methodological tradition of the ACF and show how NPF’s empirical, hypotheses, and causal driven work on policy narratives identiﬁes theories applicable to ACF research while also offering an independent framework capable of explaining the policy process through the power of policy narratives. In doing so, we believe both ACF and NPF scholarship can contribute to the advancement of our understanding of the policy process.
Shanahan A. Elizabeth Dr., Michael D. Jones Dr., and McBeth K. Mark Dr.. "Policy Narratives and Policy Processes" Policy Studies Journal 39.3 (2011): 535-561.
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