Advocacy Coalition Framework and the US Immigration Policy

  • Geiguen ShinEmail author
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Advocacy coalition framework; Policy process; Policy change

Like other policy issues, political beliefs on immigration policy are not always uniform or consistent over time. Instead, some exogenous occasions such as the 9/11 and the USA occupation of Iraq have caused a dramatic change in immigration policy. Thus, both long-term stable changes and short-term major policy changes have coexisted within the immigration policy at least in the USA; if so, what has caused the short-term major policy change in immigration policy in the USA? Based on the Advocacy Coalition Framework (hereafter, ACF), which was first developed by Sabatier and Jenkins-Smith (1993), policy change in the USA is caused by various resources, power competitions, unexpected accidents or shocks inside and outside of the subsystems. The ACF has become a comprehensive theory by emphasizing the need to take a long-term view of policy change and to deal with policy subsystems as the primary unit of analysis...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Public Affairs and AdministrationRutgers University-NewarkNewarkUSA