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Policy Change: Concept, Measurement, and Causes. An Empirical Analysis of Climate Mitigation Policy

Schaffrin, André (2013) Policy Change: Concept, Measurement, and Causes. An Empirical Analysis of Climate Mitigation Policy. PhD thesis, Universität zu Köln.

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    Policy change is one of the central issues of political science, public administration, sociology, and law studies. Research on this theme dates back to the late 1950s when scholars like Herbert Simon (1957), Charles Lindblom (1959), and Thomas Kuhn (1962) postulated “that general patterns of policy development cannot only be identified but predicted“ (Howlett and Cashore, 2009). Understanding and explaining policies and policy change became important with the increasing involvement of the state in more and more realms of social life: “The modern state is widely seen as an active and as a proactive state, increasingly managing, shaping, even creating its constituent population” (Pierson, 2004a). The last two decades have seen a tremendous activity in the explanation of policy change. Debates have centered on the role of ideas, actors, and institutions as competing and coordinated explanatory accounts. However, despite a plethora of studies, there is little generalization and comparability of findings. Recently, a number of scholars have attributed this inconsistency to the lack of a common understanding and operationalization of the concept of policy change – the so-called “dependent variable problem” (Cashore and Howlett, 2007). My dissertation attempts to make three major conceptual, methodological, and explanatory contributions towards solving this problem: 1) the thesis provides a theoretical framework for policy output and develops an empirical measurement for it; 2) it argues that one needs to consider entire policy portfolios rather than individual instruments for a meaningful assessment of policy change; 3) and it analyzes how the nature of the policy field affects the assessment and explanation of policy change.

    Item Type: Thesis (PhD thesis)
    Schaffrin, Andréschaffrin@wiso.uni-kolen.de
    URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-54016
    Subjects: Social sciences
    General statistics
    Political science
    Uncontrolled Keywords:
    policy change, policy innovation, climate mitigation, policy output, veto playersUNSPECIFIED
    Faculty: Wirtschafts- u. Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät
    Divisions: Wirtschafts- u. Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät > Keine Angabe
    Language: English
    Date: 10 December 2013
    Date Type: Publication
    Date of oral exam: 06 December 2013
    NameAcademic Title
    Kaiser, AndréProf. Dr.
    Full Text Status: Public
    Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2014 14:31:21
    NameAcademic Title
    Kaiser, AndréProf. Dr.
    URI: http://kups.ub.uni-koeln.de/id/eprint/5401

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