Sorting through the garbage can: under what conditions do governments adopt policy programs?

Sager, Fritz; Rielle, Yvan (2013). Sorting through the garbage can: under what conditions do governments adopt policy programs? Policy sciences, 46(1), pp. 1-21. Dordrecht: Springer 10.1007/s11077-012-9165-7

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The paper aims at explaining the adoption of policy programs. We use the garbage can model of organizational choice as our theoretical framework and complement it with the institutional setting of administrative decision-making in order to understand the complex causation of policy program adoption. Institutions distribute decision power by rules and routines and coin actor identities and their interpretations of situations. We therefore expect institutions to play a role when a policy window opens. We explore the configurative explanations for program adoption in a systematic comparison of the adoption of new alcohol policy programs in the Swiss cantons employing Qualitative Comparative Analysis. The most important conditions are the organizational elements of the administrative structure decisive for the coupling of the streams. The results imply that classic bureaucratic structures are better suited to put policies into practice than limited government.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

11 Centers of Competence > Center of Comptetence for Public Management (KPM)

UniBE Contributor:

Sager, Fritz

ISSN:

0032-2687

Publisher:

Springer

Language:

English

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 14:42

Last Modified:

23 Oct 2019 07:03

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s11077-012-9165-7

Web of Science ID:

000314409000001

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.17431

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/17431 (FactScience: 225206)

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