The Dependent Variable Problem in the Study of Policy Change: Understanding Policy Change as a Methodological Problem

@article{Howlett2009TheDV,
  title={The Dependent Variable Problem in the Study of Policy Change: Understanding Policy Change as a Methodological Problem},
  author={M. Howlett and B. Cashore},
  journal={Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice},
  year={2009},
  volume={11},
  pages={33 - 46}
}
  • M. Howlett, B. Cashore
  • Published 2009
  • Economics
  • Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice
  • Abstract The new orthodoxy in studies of policy dynamics is that policy change occurs through a homeostatic process. “Perturbations” occurring outside of an institutionalized policy subsystem, often characterized as some type of societal or political upheaval or learning, are critical for explaining the development of profound and durable policy changes which are otherwise limited by “endogenous” institutional stability. These homeostatic assumptions, while useful for assessing many cases of… CONTINUE READING
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