Policy theory

Key to developing sound theoretical analysis is to delve into the assumptions and implications of theoretical frameworks. Developing your understanding of policy making is, in my view, enhanced by examining the distinctions between theories of the policy process. By discussing contrasting positions and examining the assumptions upon which these theories are based students gain insight into why we have the policies we do, why policies fail and perhaps, it helps to identify the conditions that enable policies to change.

Choose two (2) policy theoretical frameworks from the list below:

Advocacy Coalition Framework, Multiple Streams Framework, Institutional Rational Choice framework, Punctuated – equilibrium theory.
Frame your response in terms of addressing these key points:

1. The broad assumptions upon which each theory is based
2. Each theory’s view of the individual
3. Each theory’s position on collective action
4. Explain each theory’s understanding of policy change
5. Discuss these differences by identifying inconsistencies and competing positions
6. Identify which theory, in your view, is more useful for exploring the policy making process