Under Which Configurations of Streams Do States Learn? The Adoption of Tobacco Advertisement Bans in the Swiss Case as MSF Decision

Künzler, Johanna (27 July 2016). Under Which Configurations of Streams Do States Learn? The Adoption of Tobacco Advertisement Bans in the Swiss Case as MSF Decision (Unpublished). In: IPSA World Congress of Political Science. Poznan (PL). 23.-28.7.2016.

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Advertisement bans for tobacco products are a well-established form of tobacco prevention policy. They constitute a widely acknowledged instrument within the respective expert communities and are actively promoted by the WHO all over the world. Despite this broad support however the bans frequently meet with difficulties when they are to be adopted in a political system. In Switzerland, tobacco ad bans were introduced in 15 out of 26 cantons after the canton of Geneva had won at the Federal Court with its attempt to introduce a respective law. The spread of the bans took place within seven years from this Federal Court decision and has stopped since then. Consequently, we consider the winning of the Geneva lawsuit a window of opportunity for cantonal promotors of ad bans to push it in their respective cantons. Adopting a corresponding MSF perspective, we use the fact that the Swiss cantons are fully fledged yet comparable political systems due to the common national context for the analysis of the interplay of political and policy factors that determine learning in political systems. It appears that learning is impeded by specific constellations of political factors. A comparative examination therefore poses a unique opportunity to grasp what it is exactly that promotes or hinders policy learning. We complement MSF with institutional and organisational factors and employ configurational QCA techniques to study constellations of streams that explain the adoption or non-adoption of tobacco ad bans in the Swiss cantons. The paper hence focuses on configurations of streams rather than mono-causal explanations for learning.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

Division/Institute:

11 Centers of Competence > KPM Center for Public Management

UniBE Contributor:

Künzler, Johanna

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 350 Public administration & military science

Submitter:

Johanna Künzler

Date Deposited:

05 Sep 2016 13:52

Last Modified:

05 Sep 2016 13:52

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/87444

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