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A framework for policy advocacy

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Abstract


  • The practice of policy advocacy has outpaced its theoretical development. Yet the

    importance of a theoretical grounding for advocacy has increased as advocacy organizations

    demand measures of efficacy, and theories of policy development need to account for advocates’

    contributions to the process. This article begins to address these issues by developing a

    conceptual framework of policy advocacy inputs, activities, and outcomes. Logic models of

    practitioners’ advocacy programs were first synthesized into a general model. Then academic

    theories from social sciences and especially policy studies were reviewed and applied to

    hypothesize links between advocacy inputs and activities, and between activities and outcomes.

    The result is a conceptual framework of policy advocacy to focus academic attention on this

    topic, and to direct a research agenda.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Gen, S. & Wright, A. Conley. (2012). A framework for policy advocacy. Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting (pp. 1-43). Portland, United States: Western Political Science Association.

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Abstract


  • The practice of policy advocacy has outpaced its theoretical development. Yet the

    importance of a theoretical grounding for advocacy has increased as advocacy organizations

    demand measures of efficacy, and theories of policy development need to account for advocates’

    contributions to the process. This article begins to address these issues by developing a

    conceptual framework of policy advocacy inputs, activities, and outcomes. Logic models of

    practitioners’ advocacy programs were first synthesized into a general model. Then academic

    theories from social sciences and especially policy studies were reviewed and applied to

    hypothesize links between advocacy inputs and activities, and between activities and outcomes.

    The result is a conceptual framework of policy advocacy to focus academic attention on this

    topic, and to direct a research agenda.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Gen, S. & Wright, A. Conley. (2012). A framework for policy advocacy. Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting (pp. 1-43). Portland, United States: Western Political Science Association.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1954&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/955

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  • 1

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  • 43