Another excellent post on Kingdon’s “multiple streams model” of policy making.
Paul Cairney: Politics & Public Policy
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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