Discourse Versus Advocacy Coalitions: Interpreting Policy Change and Learning

Frank Fischer

in Reframing Public Policy

Published in print June 2003 | ISBN: 9780199242641
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599255 | DOI:
 Discourse Versus Advocacy Coalitions: Interpreting Policy Change and Learning

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This is the second of two chapters that present a more detailed examination of the ways in which social constructions are produced and negotiated in public politics through the medium of discourse. It looks at discourse versus advocacy coalitions. The first section of the chapter introduces the Advocacy Coalition Framework (ACF) that was developed by Sabatier and his associates, and is perhaps the most widely discussed contribution to the field of policy studies in the past decade. Its aim is to explain policy change empirically through the interaction of competing advocacy coalitions. The next section of the chapter presents Hajer’s critique of the ACF, focusing on his model of discourse coalitions, which, like advocacy coalitions, are designed to explain policy changes generally. The last section looks at the concept of policy learning.

Keywords: Advocacy Coalition Framework; advocacy coalitions; discourse coalitions; discourse; discursive politics; Hajer; policy change; policy learning; policy studies; public policy; Sabatier; social constructions

Chapter.  11270 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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