Understanding the Political Context of “New” Policy Issues: The Use of the Advocacy Coalition Framework in the Case of Expanded After-School Programs

Brecher, Charles; Brazill, Caitlyn; Weitzman, Beth C.; Silver, Diana
April 2010
Journal of Public Administration Research & Theory;Apr2010, Vol. 20 Issue 2, p335
Academic Journal
The article discusses the study on the use of the Advocacy Coalition Framework in the case of expanded after-school programs to understand the political context of new policy issues in the U.S. cities. It shows how the framework can be extended beyond stakeholder analysis to include identification of core and secondary value conflicts, and of opportunities for policy analysis to help strengthen coalitions and pressures for change. It notes that coalitions in each of the cities vary over core values relating to the purposes of after-school program. It states that policy analysts can promote goals by developing options to deal with the secondary conflicts over the relative importance of facilities versus program content, the modes of collaboration between public schools and organizations.


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