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Advocacy Coalitions, Policy Entrepeneurs, and Policy Change

Mintrom, M. a. V., S. (1996). Advocacy coalitions, policy entrepeneurs, and policy


change. Policy Studies Journal, 24(3), 420-434.
I have this cataloged as a qualitative study and answering the research question:
what are the roles of power, policy leaders, entre…..

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ABSTRACT
ACF explains policy stability
The policy entrepeneurship model (PE) explains dynamic policy change

Thus, augmenting the ACF with insights from the PE provides a method of explaining a
phenom: policy stability punctuated by dynamic policy change

This analytical strategy could be used to explore stability and change in many policy
areas

Policy scholars are intrigued by the policymaking process and how it works. Scholars
have developed models of how it works. Sabatier and Jenkinsare among these scholars
and present the AF which according to these authors is a maeamns to explain periods of
policy stability.

These authors want to knoew how to explain periods of dynamic policy change

Agenda setting literature - Baumgatner and Jones !993 and Kingdon, 1995 suggest the
importance of policy entrepeneurs as change agents
The lit on the politics of ideas - Derthick and Quirk, 1985, Wilson, 1980 also suggest the
importance of policy entrepeneurs as change agents

Two main goals in article:


1- better understand the nature of policy change and how it comes about
2-the compatibility of the AC and the PE

Authors see both models as designed to explore different aspects of the policy making
process

Discussion of the Aims of policy making

Salient features of the AC and The PE

Interpretation of the build up and dynamics of recent Michigan reform

Models of policymaking deal with how policy changes emerge. We build models to use
abstraction to improve our understanding of complex processes

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Swift and Brady models need to be informed by " an historical sensibility"

Building models of the policy process is like similar to constructing a map.