Political Power and Policy Design: Why Are Policy Alternatives Constrained?
2015 (English)In: Policy Studies Journal, ISSN 0190-292X, E-ISSN 1541-0072, Vol. 43, no 1, 93-114 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Little research examines the stage of the policy process during which policy alternatives are formulated. Using quantitative and qualitative data from Swedish local politics, we address this deficiency by analyzing the process by which the number of specific policy alternatives is reduced. The findings suggest that, in approximately 20 percent of issues, more than one alternative will reach all politicians making the binding decisions. Most local politicians, in both the majority and opposition factions, think that they lack sufficient information on alternative policy designs. We also find a “political bias,” that is, alternatives are discarded at an early stage because they are deemed not politically feasible. Politicians outside the inner circles, especially those with higher education, would like to see more policy alternatives to discuss and from which they can make choices.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell, 2015. Vol. 43, no 1, 93-114 p.
policy design, policy formulation, policy options, deliberative policy processes, local politics
Research subject Political Science
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-229181DOI: 10.1111/psj.12086ISI: 000348900700006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-229181DiVA: diva2:736078
ProjectsVälfärdspolitik mellan expertstyre och kunskapsbrist
FunderForte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2008-0733