When Effect Becomes Cause: Policy Feedback and Political Change

  title={When Effect Becomes Cause: Policy Feedback and Political Change},
  author={Paul Pierson},
  journal={World Politics},
  • P. Pierson
  • Published 1 July 1993
  • Political Science
  • World Politics
As governmental activity has expanded, scholars have been increasingly inclined to suggest that the structure of public policies has an important influence on patterns of political change. Yet research on policy feedback is mostly anecdotal, and there has so far been little attempt to develop more general hypotheses about the conditions under which policies produce politics. Drawing on recent research, this article suggests that feedback occurs through two main mechanisms. Policies generate… 

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