Lookup NU author(s): Professor Anthony Zito
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This contribution fleshes out the insights that the epistemic community (EC) approach can make to studying the public policy process and to how policy instruments are formulated and implemented. This contribution places the EC concept in the context of how policy instruments evolve and are supported by a separate network type, the instrument constituency (IC). It studies the conceptual differences between the EC and IC, analyses the conceptual progress and research output of the EC literature, and then reviews the EC literature to develop new analytical propositions about how epistemic communities, in relation to instrument constituencies, shape instrument change. This contribution then explores the value of these network concepts and propositions by examining four United States federal environmental policy instruments. It concludes that there is strong evidence for the role of ICs, and to a lesser extent, ECs, and that such public policy analysis would benefit from a greater network conceptualization.
Author(s): Zito A
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Policy & Society
Online publication date: 22/12/2017
Acceptance date: 12/12/2017
Date deposited: 20/02/2018
ISSN (print): 1449-4035
ISSN (electronic): 1839-3373
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
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