Policy Sciences

, Volume 21, Issue 2, pp 129–168

An advocacy coalition framework of policy change and the role of policy-oriented learning therein

  • Paul A. Sabatier

DOI: 10.1007/BF00136406

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Sabatier, P.A. Policy Sci (1988) 21: 129. doi:10.1007/BF00136406


There has been a great deal of research in recent years concerning the use of substantive policy analysis in public policy-making. This paper seeks to integrate those findings - e.g., the ‘enlightenment function’ of policy research - into a more general model of policy-making over periods of a decade or more. The conceptual framework focuses on the belief systems of advocacy coalitions within policy subsystems as the critical vehicle for understanding the role of policy analysis in policy-oriented learning and the effect, in turn, of such learning on changes in governmental programs.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul A. Sabatier
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Environmental StudiesUniversity of CaliforniaDavis, DavisUSA

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