Incorporating Private Politics into Frameworks of the Public Policy Process
University of Texas at Austin - Red McCombs School of Business
January 30, 2014
This paper reviews the empirical literature on private politics — that is, the process by which policies that have a public impact are made in and adopted by non-state actors, specifically business firms — and presents a descriptive argument for why it can and should be explicitly integrated into frameworks of the public policy process. Although the occurrence of private politics has grown and scholarly work on it has blossomed in various disciplines, the concept of private politics has yet to be incorporated broadly into frameworks of the public policy process beyond the institutional analysis and development framework. To make the case for greater inclusion of the concept, I highlight the role private politics implicitly plays in the institutional analysis and development framework, and I also articulate how it can be explicitly incorporated into that framework and three others: punctuated equilibrium, advocacy coalitions, and social construction. Examples of existing work that would promote such integration are presented for all four frameworks to stress the increasing significance of private politics for the policy sciences and to inspire future work, as the potential exists for private politics to broaden considerably our understanding of domestic and international public policymaking processes.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 37
Keywords: policy process, policy change, private politics, business and politicsworking papers series
Date posted: March 18, 2013 ; Last revised: January 31, 2014
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