A Comparison of Frameworks, Theories, and Models of Policy Processes

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The striking diversity of approaches developed and used by top policy scholars raises questions concerning the meaning of “the policymaking process.” This chapter explains Elinor Ostrom’s argument to heart and utilizes the frameworks, theories, and models approach in two ways. They are: as a useful tool to make consistent comparisons among the models, theories, and frameworks; explores how and whether the models can inform and contribute to the theories, and in turn whether the theories may be placed within either one of the two frameworks found in this collection. Theories place values on some of the variables identified as important in a framework, posit relationships among the variables, and make predictions about likely outcomes. The theories appearing in this volume may be sorted into two groups: common-pool resource theory and the others. Common-pool resource theory explains the conditions that support self-governance on the part of citizens.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTheories of the Policy Process
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)9781000607482
ISBN (Print)9780367274689
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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