The first part of the assignment will require you to provide a synopsis of the policy theory framework selected, including pertinent information regarding the evolution of the policy theory framework itself (previous research, notable contributions, examples of how it has been utilized etc.), the strengths of the policy theory framework selected (such as ease of application, viability, or ease of comprehension/observation), and your own personal interpretation or conceptualization of how the policy theory framework unfolds. This part of the paper will require some creativity, as each student may conceptualize the framework differently or within different contexts. For example, I have noted before that I have conceptualized the Punctuated Equilibrium theory of policy formation as similar to the video game Pac-Man to illustrate periods of smaller policy change interspersed with large â€˜punctuationsâ€™. Feel free to use descriptions, illustrations, or any other method you believe will help you relay how you conceptualize the policy theory framework you have selected!
Following the policy theory framework synopsis, you will need to introduce and explain how the policy theory framework you have selected can be seen through modern or current public policy issues. This can be accomplished by outlining and addressing how components of the policy theory framework you have selected play out within the context of public policy. Additionally, you are welcome (as well as encouraged) to incorporate additional resources outside of the assigned readings if you believe they align with the core concepts contained within the policy theory framework selected.
Weible, C.M., & Sabatier, P.A. (2017). Theories of the Policy Process (4th Ed.). New York, NY: Westview Press. ISBN-13: 9780813350523.
cover page and reference page does not apply to page count.