Rowman and Littlefield International

Decision-Making under Ambiguity and Time Constraints

Assessing the Multiple-Streams Framework

Edited by Reimut Zohlnhӧfer and Friedbert Rüb

This volume is the first attempt to fill that gap by bringing together a group of international scholars to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the Framework from different angles.

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Pages: 272

ECPR Press

Policy issues have grown ever more complex and politically more contestable. So governments in advanced democracies often do not understand the problems they have to deal with and do not know how to solve them. Thus, rational problem-solving models are highly unconvincing. Conversely, the Multiple-Streams Framework starts out from these conditions, which has led to increasing interest in it. Nevertheless, there has not yet been a systematic attempt to assess the potential of such scholarship. This volume is the first attempt to fill that gap by bringing together a group of international scholars to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the Framework from different angles. Chapters explore systematically and empirically the Framework's potential in different national contexts and in policy areas from climate change and foreign policy to healthcare and the welfare state.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables vii

List of Abbreviations ix

Contributors xi

Preface xv

Chapter One – Introduction: Policy-Making under Ambiguity and Time

Constraints 1

Reimut Zohlnhöfer and Friedbert W. Rüb



Chapter Two – Lost in Translation: Re-conceptualising the

Multiple-Streams Framework Back to its Source of Inspiration 21

Harald Sætren

Chapter Three – Clear Enough To Be Proven Wrong? Assessing the

Influence of the Concept of Bounded Rationality within the

Multiple-Streams Framework 35

Johanna Kuhlmann

Chapter Four – Agenda-Setting and Policy-Making in Time:

What the Multiple-Streams Approach Can Tell Us – and

What It Cannot 51

Friedbert W. Rüb



Chapter Five – Kingdon à la Carte: A New Recipe for Mixing Stages,

Cycles, Soups and Streams 73

Michael Howlett, Allan McConnell and Anthony Perl

Chapter Six – Refining the Idea of Focusing Events in the

Multiple-Streams Framework 91

Thomas A. Birkland and Megan K. Warnement

Chapter Seven – Framing the Problem: Knowledge-Brokers in the

Multiple-Streams Framework 109

Åsa Knaggård

Chapter Eight – Clarifying the Concept of Policy-Communities in the

Multiple-Streams Framework 125

Nicole Herweg

Chapter Nine – Political Leadership, Multiple Streams and the

Emotional Endowment Effect: A Comparison of American and

Greek Foreign Policies 147

Nikolaos Zahariadis




Chapter Ten – How Well Does the Multiple-Streams Framework Travel?

Evidence from German Case Studies 169

Reimut Zohlnhöfer and Christian Huß

Chapter Eleven – The Expulsion of the Smokers from Paradise:

A Multiple-Streams Analysis of German Non-Smoker-Protection

Legislation 189

Iris Reus

Chapter Twelve – Crisis Policy-Making: Traceable Processes of

Multiple Streams 213

Dan Hansén

Chapter Thirteen – Reinterpreting the Multiple-Streams Framework

from a Process Approach: Decision-Making and Policy-Shift in

Public Health Management in Catalonia, 2003–7 231

Raquel Gallego, Nicolás Barbieri and Sheila González

Chapter Fourteen – Path-Departing Labour-Market Reforms in the

United Kingdom and Sweden: An Analysis Combining the

Multiple-Streams Framework and Historical Institutionalism 251

Florian Spohr

Index 271

Reimut Zohlnhöfer is a professor of political science at the University of Heidelberg. He received a Master’s degree in political science from the University of Heidelberg and a PhD in political science from the University of Bremen. Afterwards he was assistant professor in Heidelberg, and John F Kennedy Memorial Fellow at the Center for European Studies, Harvard University. He became a professor of comparative public policy at Otto-Friedrich-University, Bamberg, in 2008 before returning to Heidelberg in 2011. He has published in many leading political science journals including Comparative Political Studies, Governance, Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, Journal of European Public Policy, Journal of European Social Policy, Journal of Public Policy, Social Policy and Administration, and West European Politics. He is also the editor of numerous volumes and special issues, the most recent of which include Developments in German Politics 4 (Palgrave 2014; with Stephen Padgett and William Paterson).

Friedbert W Rüb is a professor of political sociology and social policies at Humboldt University of Berlin. He received a diploma in political science, sociology and history and a PhD in political science from the University of Hannover. Afterwards he was, among others, Fellow of the Collegium Budapest and assistant professor at the University of Heidelberg. In 2002 he become a professor at the University of Hamburg and moved to Humboldt University of Berlin in 2008. He has published on democratisation processes in Eastern Europe, on social policies (healthcare, pension policies etc) in Germany, on political parties, and on governance problems in the German Republic. He is also co-editor of two special issues of German Policy Studies concerning changes to the Bismarckian welfare state.

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