The Advocacy Coalition Framework: Lessons from Applications in African Countries

Osei-Kojo, Alex; Ingold, Karin; Weible, Christopher M. (2022). The Advocacy Coalition Framework: Lessons from Applications in African Countries. Politische Vierteljahresschrift, 63(2), pp. 181-201. Springer 10.1007/s11615-022-00399-2

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Although the Advocacy Coalition Framework (ACF) emerged in Western democratic contexts, scholars increasingly apply it in other parts of the world to analyze diverse policy topics. These cross-country comparisons have provided a means for advancing comparative research, drawing lessons about policy processes, and offering opportunities to refine the framework. In this paper, we provide an overview of the ACF and its use as an analytical tool for comparative research. Through a systematic literature review, we identified 27 applications in 15 African countries, including democracies, authoritarian governments, and hybrid systems. Based on these applications published in peer-reviewed journals, we explore this illustrated collection of case studies to see how the ACF has been applied outside of Western democracies and to identify strengths and weaknesses of the ACF as a portable framework. These applications confirm the basic postulations of the ACF, but we also identify a few nuances and expectations. Based on these insights, we finally lay out a research agenda and a new generation of questions for applying the ACF in the African context as well as globally.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Political Science
10 Strategic Research Centers > Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research (OCCR)

UniBE Contributor:

Ingold, Karin Mirjam

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science

ISSN:

0032-3470

Publisher:

Springer

Language:

English

Submitter:

Jack Kessel Baker

Date Deposited:

24 Aug 2022 11:03

Last Modified:

28 Aug 2022 02:12

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s11615-022-00399-2

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/172240

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/172240

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