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Institutionalisation of Political Parties: Comparative Cases. Edited by Robert Harmel and Lars G. Svasand

Advancing Frontiers in Policy Process Research: Integrating Theory and Empirical Inquiry

Policy Analysis
Public Policy
Comparative Perspective
Policy Change
Section Number
Section Chairs
Daniel Nohrstedt
Uppsala Universitet
Vilém Novotný
Charles University
Section Co-Chair
Reimut Zohlnhöfer
Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

The successful and well-attended ECPR Sections in Prague (2016) and Oslo (2017) showed vitality and rapid development of research on the policy process but also the importance of solid integration of theoretical conceptualizations and their rigorous testing. Advances in policy process research are based on thoughtful considerations on how to progressively modify theoretical propositions and how to appropriately test them in an empirical inquiry. It is important to offer a platform for critical and ongoing dialogue among peers and for sharing examples of good practice. Thus, the Section provides a forum for scholars working with various policy process frameworks (Multiple Streams, Advocacy Coalitions, Institutional Analysis and Development, Narrative Policy, Social Construction, Punctuated Equilibrium, or others) to share their experience with advancing the frameworks and integrating theoretical improvement and empirical application.

The Section has the following objectives:
Provide an opportunity for meeting scholars from different generations sharing common interests in the policy process.
Develop networks and communities around and across particular policy process frameworks.
Encourage dialogue among different theoretical orientations concerning the policy process.
Solicit contributions that conceptualize overlapping and complementary aspects to promote the generation of new research agendas.

Panel List

Code Title Details
P011Advocacy Coalitions Framework: Comparing Methodologies for Theoretical Advancements View Panel Details
P080Conceptualizing Policy Content in Policy Process Research View Panel Details
P097Cross-Fertilization and Integration of Theories into Policy Process Frameworks View Panel Details
P114Developments in Multiple Streams Framework View Panel Details
P153Examining Institutional Adaptation Through the IAD Framework View Panel Details
P404Roundtable: Disseminating the Knowledge of the Policy Process Research View Panel Details
P413Social Constructions, Policy Narratives, and Other Constructivist Aspects of Policy Process Research View Panel Details
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