Acta Politica

, Volume 44, Issue 2, pp 211–240

A comparative framework: How broadly applicable is a ‘rigorous’ critical junctures framework?

Original Article


The paper tests Hogan and Doyle's (2007, 2008) framework for examining critical junctures. This framework sought to incorporate the concept of ideational change in understanding critical junctures. Until its development, frameworks utilized in identifying critical junctures were subjective, seeking only to identify crisis, and subsequent policy changes, arguing that one invariably led to the other, as both occurred around the same time. Hogan and Doyle (2007, 2008) hypothesized ideational change as an intermediating variable in their framework, determining if, and when, a crisis leads to radical policy change. Here we test this framework on cases similar to, but different from, those employed in developing the exemplar. This will enable us determine whether the framework's relegation of ideational change to a condition of crisis holds, or, if ideational change has more importance than is ascribed to it by this framework. This will also enable us determined if the framework itself is robust, and fit for the purposes it was designed to perform — identifying the nature of policy change.


critical juncture ideational change macro-economic crisis Sweden Ireland 

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© Palgrave Macmillan 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dublin Institute of TechnologyDublinIreland
  2. 2.School of Law and Government, Dublin City University, GlasnevinDublinIreland

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