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Policy Regime Framework

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Benjamin Straughter

on 2 July 2013

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Transcript of Policy Regime Framework

Policy Regimes Framework
Policy Regimes are organized around specific issues, including:

Environmental Protection Civil Rights Education
1. A Power Arrangement
Governmental and non-governmental actors
Single or multiple interest
Traditionally friendly or competitive groups
Policy beneficiaries

2. A Power Paradigm
Conforms the way that a policy is defined and how it should be solved

3. An Organizational Arrangement
Contingent on how everyone and everything is arranged
Dimension Behaviors
Power arrangements are stable

The paradigm of those in power are reinforced through media coverage, bully pulpits, and promote public perception that existing arrangements are rational

Organizations and their rules, regulations and routines, tend to be resistant to change and innovation
"trigger events" that consist of natural or man-made disasters, cumulative processes like demographic shifts, new discoveries or scandals

Stressors can place pressure on organizational arrangements, undermine dominate policy paradigms (causing a paradigm shift), and raise the visibility of new problems

When events arise that are inconsistent with what is taking place in policies, a paradigm shift occurs

When stressors and paradigm shifts interact, the legitimacy of a policy comes into question
Stressors + Paradigm Shifts + Legitimacy Crises = Power Shift
" The emergence of NCLB...signifies a major change in the federal government's involvement in education, is a story of policy regime destruction and reconstruction" (McGuinn, 2006)
This process could occur naturally
Three Dimensions of Policy Regimes
Formula for Regime Change
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