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From the Garbage Can Model to the Theory of Recycling: Reconsidering Policy Formulation as a Process of Struggling to Define a Policy Statement

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Zittoun, Philippe

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Abstract One of the main paradoxes produced by the garbage can model is the empirical observation that a proposal does not necessarily appear through problem-solving but by a coupling process where a proposal searches for a problem. This empirical observation looks like a paradox for those who consider that the meaning of a policy proposal is fundamental during the policy process. This article suggests a new way to combine the garbage can model with the argumentative turn by taking into account both of them: the coupling process between a solution and a problem highlighted by Cohen, March and Olsen and the gluing process that allows the argumentative strategy which contributes to give meaning to a proposal.
Keywords strategic planning; politics; recycling; political development; environmental policy; political decision; decision making; political communication
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture
Document language Other language
Publication Year 2013
Page/Pages p. 39-59
Journal Annals of the University of Bucharest / Political science series, 15 (2013) 2
ISSN 1582-2486
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works