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From Maastricht to Brexit by Richard Bellamy and Dario Castiglione

Decision-Making under Ambiguity and Time Constraints: Assessing the Multiple Streams Framework

Workshop Number
Workshop Director
Reimut Zohlnhöfer
Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
Workshop Co-Director
Friedbert W. Rüb
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Ambiguity and time constraints are facts of political life. Their ubiquity makes policy-making messy, complex, contestable, and less comprehensible. Therefore, traditional models seeing policy-making as an exercise in rational problem-solving have become unconvincing. Conversely, Kingdon’s Multiple Streams Approach (MSA), developed further by Zahariadis, takes ambiguity and policy-maker time constraints as starting points.
Although analytical interest in the framework has increased tremendously in recent years, there has not yet been a systematic attempt to assess the potential of such scholarship. Therefore, the aim of this workshop is to bring together a group of researchers interested in and working with the MSA. We welcome conceptual/theoretical papers dealing with the framework and/or applications in domestic, foreign, and international policies. Papers should deal with at least one of the following three main topics that will be at the center of the workshop:
(a) Theoretical relevance: Are all key concepts theoretically well developed? Is the MSA a heuristic or can it be seen as a theory from which hypotheses can be derived (and if so, which are they)? Which theoretical revisions (if any) are necessary in order to allow the framework to work in different contexts?
(b) Empirical application: Can the framework be falsified? How can the key concepts of the approach be operationalized? Can the MSA be tested quantitatively?
(c) Comparison with other theoretical frameworks: How does the MSA fare compared with other theoretical frameworks, like the Advocacy Coalition Framework, the Punctuated Equilibrium lens, Historical Institutionalism, Partisan or Veto Player Theory, and Strategic Constructivism?

Paper List

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Agenda-setting and Multiple Streams: Assessing the Effect of Windows on Policy Change View Paper Details
Agenda-setting and Policy-making in Time. What Multiple Streams (MS) can teach us – and what not View Paper Details
Assessing the Multiple Streams Framework in Quasi-federal Contexts: Decision-making and Policy Shift in Health Management in Catalonia, 2003-2007 View Paper Details
Clarifying the Concept of Policy Communities in the Multiple Streams Approach View Paper Details
Clear Enough to be Proven Wrong? The Theoretical Foundation of the Multiple Streams-Framework View Paper Details
Crisis Policymaking and the Ration of Attention View Paper Details
Five million reasons to Lower the Corporate Tax Rate – How Political Entrepreneurs, aspects of Time and Ideas interact with Institutions and Actors’ goals in German Policymaking View Paper Details
Framing the Problem: Knowledge Brokers in the Multiple Streams Approach View Paper Details
How well does MSA Travel? Evidence from German Case Studies View Paper Details
Lost in Translation: Reconceptualising the Multiple Streams Framework back to its Origin to Enhance its Analytical and Theoretical Leverage View Paper Details
Multiple Streams, Focusing Events, and the Policy Process: Testing and Refining the Multiple Streams Approach View Paper Details
Something of a Black Box prior to Agenda-setting Formation. Ideas Access, Issue Framing and Problem Definition in the making of Turkey's new Constitution View Paper Details
The Expulsion of the Smokers from Paradise – Analysis of the German Non-Smokers Protection Legislation by the Multiple Streams Approach View Paper Details
Welfare States and Europeanisation. Explaining Convergence and Path Dependency by combining Multiple Streams Framework and Historical Institutionalism View Paper Details
What is a "Stream"? Reconciling the Different Visions of McConnell and Kingdon View Paper Details
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