Policy Change in Comparative Contexts: Applying the Advocacy Coalition Framework Outside of Western Europe and North America

Adam Douglas Henry, Karin Ingold, Daniel Nohrstedt, Christopher M. Weible

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Abstract: The advocacy coalition framework (ACF) is one of the most frequently applied theories of the policy process. Most applications have been in Western Europe and North America. This article provides an overview of the ACF, summarizes existing applications outside of Western Europe and North America, and introduces the special issue that features applications of the ACF in the Philippines, China, India, and Kenya. This article concludes with an argument for the continued application of the ACF outside of Western Europe and North America and a research agenda for overcoming challenges in using the ACF in comparative public policy research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)299-312
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 8 2014


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration

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