Policy issues have grown ever more complex and politically more contestable. So governments in advanced democracies often do not understand the problems they have to deal with and do not know how to solve them.
Thus, rational problem-solving models are highly unconvincing. Conversely, the Multiple-Streams Framework starts out from these conditions, which has led to increasing interest in it. Nevertheless, there has not yet been a systematic attempt to assess the potential of such scholarship.
This volume is the first attempt to fill that gap by bringing together a group of international scholars to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the Framework from different angles. Chapters explore systematically and empirically the Framework’s potential in different national contexts and in policy areas from climate change and foreign policy to healthcare and the welfare state.
'Associated with the work of US political scientist John W Kingdon, for more than three decades, the multiple-streams Framework has informed the work of numerous policy scholars from all over the world. Featuring an excellent line-up comprised of well-known and more junior contributors, this edited volume offers a timely overview of key comparative, empirical-methodological, and theoretical issues raised by the Multiple-Streams Framework. This coherent book will interest the many policy scholars who draw on this now classic Framework.'
Daniel Béland, Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan
'This outstanding compilation provides a theoretically in-depth and empirically profound discussion, implementation and problematisation of the Multiple-Streams approach. The contributors are a mixture of high-ranking experts and talented junior researchers who enhance our broader understanding of the theoretical Framework and examine thoroughly the possibilities of applying the approach in practice.'
Nils Bandelow, Technische Universität Braunschweig