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Analyzing Policy Learning in European Union Policy Formulation: The Advocacy Coalition Framework Meets New-Institutional Theory. Bruges Political Research Paper No. 5. November 2007

Engel, Filip. (2007) Analyzing Policy Learning in European Union Policy Formulation: The Advocacy Coalition Framework Meets New-Institutional Theory. Bruges Political Research Paper No. 5. November 2007. [Working Paper]

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    Abstract

    The paper applies a policy learning perspective on policy change in the European Union. Based on the idea that complex empirical phenomena require complex analytical tools, the paper argues that the Advocacy Coalition Framework (ACF) is a suitable approach to the analysis of policy learning when rational choice institutionalism and sociological institutionalism are incorporated into the approach so as to address some analytical weak points of the ACF. The paper then asks if any conditions can be identified under which one of the two institutionalisms hold more explanatory power than the other institutionalism. By applying the revised ACF to the analysis of an empirical case of policy learning, consisting of the energy-companies Shell, BP and Exxon Mobile, it is shown that the incorporation of the institutionalisms in the ACF produces some valuable insights and that the time-span included in the empirical analysis constitutes an important factor as to the explanatory power of each of the institutionalisms.

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    Item Type: Working Paper
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Policy learning; advocacy coalition network; energy.
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > energy policy
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > economic and financial affairs > business/private economic activity
    Other > integration theory (see also researching and writing the EU in this section)
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > institutional development/policy > decision making/policy-making
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series: UNSPECIFIED
    ["eprint_fieldname_eusries" not defined]: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > College of Europe (Brugge) > Bruges Political Research Papers
    Depositing User: Michele Chang
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2008
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:53
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/8343

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