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Policy Theories in Hard Times? Assessing the Explanatory Power of Policy Theories in the Context of Crisis

Georg Wenzelburger (), Pascal D. König and Frieder Wolf
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Georg Wenzelburger: TU Kaiserslautern
Pascal D. König: Goethe-Universität Frankfurt
Frieder Wolf: Universität Heidelberg

Public Organization Review, 2019, vol. 19, issue 1, 97-118

Abstract: Abstract Can the behavior of political actors in business-as-usual conditions be analyzed with the same theoretical framework as decision-making in situations characterized by uncertainty, ambiguity, complexity and urgency? After comparing major existing approaches and evaluating their explanatory logic under crisis circumstances, the present article develops a theoretical framework which explicitly accounts for the crisis characteristics at two stages of the policy making process, agenda-setting and decision-making. The bearing of policy-entrepreneurs, international networks, institutions and partisanship on policy outcomes critically depends on the specific workings on these levels in crisis-mode. These expectations are probed in an empirical re-evaluation of the 2011 Spanish pension reform.

Keywords: Policy-making; Policy theory; Agenda-setting; Crisis; Spain; Pension reform (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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