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Why advocacy coalitions matter and practical insights about them

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  • 1 University of Colorado Denver, , USA
  • | 2 University of Bern, Eawag, , Switzerland
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Traditional scholarship on political engagement has emphasised political parties, interest groups and social movements as ways to influence public policy. This paper highlights the particular role of advocacy coalitions as another conduit for political engagement. Drawing from scholarship associated with the Advocacy Coalition Framework, we offer a way to think about political contexts through coalitions, policy subsystems and political systems, and the attributes of politically engaged actors. It is one of the first attempts to draw practical lessons about the theory of coalitions and, thus, to facilitate better governance and politics as well as the advancement of scholarship.

  • 1 University of Colorado Denver, , USA
  • | 2 University of Bern, Eawag, , Switzerland

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