Another excellent post on Kingdon’s “multiple streams model” of policy making.
John Kingdon published his Agendas, Alternatives, and Public Policies in 1984. What has happened since then? Put simply, it is now a classic text, and it took off in a way that Kingdon did not expect. Put less simply, it contributed to the intellectual development of policy theory and inspired a huge number of studies under the banner of ‘multiple streams analysis’ (or the ‘multiple streams approach’, MSA).
In our PSJ article, Michael Jones and I sum up this theoretical and empirical contribution and give some advice about how to produce effective MSA analysis.
MSA’s intellectual contribution: 1. ‘Universal’ concepts.
Kingdon identifies many elements of the policy process that we describe as ‘universal’ because they are abstract enough to apply to any case study.
- Ambiguity and competition for attention.
- There are many ways to understand and frame any policy problem, but the policy agenda can…
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