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Policy advocacy organizations: A framework linking theory and practice

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Abstract


  • The practice of policy advocacy by organizations has outpaced its theoretical development. Yet the importance of a theoretical grounding for advocacy campaigns has increased with the need for accountability and an understanding of advocates' contributions to policy development. This article synthesizes practitioner and academic literature on policy advocacy and proposes a conceptual framework of policy advocacy inputs, activities, and outcomes. Five distinct advocacy strategies are hypothesized: enhancing a democratic environment, applying public pressure, influencing decision makers, direct reform, and implementation change. This framework provides guidelines for organizations to strategically engage policy processes, while directing a research agenda on advocacy organizations.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Gen, S. & Wright, A. Conley. (2013). Policy advocacy organizations: A framework linking theory and practice. Journal of Policy Practice, 12 (3), 163-193.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84879616406

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1897&context=sspapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/898

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Number Of Pages


  • 30

Start Page


  • 163

End Page


  • 193

Volume


  • 12

Issue


  • 3

Abstract


  • The practice of policy advocacy by organizations has outpaced its theoretical development. Yet the importance of a theoretical grounding for advocacy campaigns has increased with the need for accountability and an understanding of advocates' contributions to policy development. This article synthesizes practitioner and academic literature on policy advocacy and proposes a conceptual framework of policy advocacy inputs, activities, and outcomes. Five distinct advocacy strategies are hypothesized: enhancing a democratic environment, applying public pressure, influencing decision makers, direct reform, and implementation change. This framework provides guidelines for organizations to strategically engage policy processes, while directing a research agenda on advocacy organizations.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Gen, S. & Wright, A. Conley. (2013). Policy advocacy organizations: A framework linking theory and practice. Journal of Policy Practice, 12 (3), 163-193.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84879616406

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1897&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/898

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 30

Start Page


  • 163

End Page


  • 193

Volume


  • 12

Issue


  • 3