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Paths, Punctuations and Policy Learning—Comparing Patterns of European use of Scientific Expertise during the Covid-19 Crisis

Mads Dagnis Jensen (), Kennet Lynggaard () and Michael Kluth ()
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Mads Dagnis Jensen: Copenhagen Business School
Kennet Lynggaard: Roskilde University
Michael Kluth: Roskilde University

Public Organization Review, 2022, vol. 22, issue 2, No 2, 223-247

Abstract: Abstract The article examines changes in the role and position of experts in policy making in the EU member states and four additional West European mature democracies during the Covid-19 pandemic. Unique survey data is employed to establish fit with competing theoretical understandings of policy learning from three distinct approaches of historical institutionalism: path dependency, punctuated equilibrium and ideational change. Despite the gravity of the crisis and institutional variation in sample countries, surprisingly strong support for path dependency is observed.

Keywords: Historical Institutionalism; Path Dependency; Punctuated Equilibrium; Ideational Change; Covid-19 Politics (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1007/s11115-022-00634-9

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