Ambiguity, multiple streams, and EU policy

Ackrill, R. ORCID: 0000-0002-0739-1812, Kay, A. and Zahariadis, N., 2013. Ambiguity, multiple streams, and EU policy. Journal of European Public Policy, 20 (6), pp. 871-887. ISSN 1350-1763


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The multiple streams framework draws insight from interactions between agency and institutions to explore the impact of context, time, and meaning on policy change and to assess the institutional and issue complexities permeating the European Union (EU) policy process. The authors specify the assumptions and structure of the framework and review studies that have adapted it to reflect more fully EU decision-making processes. The nature of policy entrepreneurship and policy windows are assessed to identify areas of improvement. Finally, the authors sketch out a research agenda that refines the logic of political manipulation which permeates the lens and the institutional complexity which frames the EU policy process.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of European Public Policy
Creators: Ackrill, R., Kay, A. and Zahariadis, N.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date: 29 May 2013
Volume: 20
Number: 6
ISSN: 1350-1763
Rights: This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article whose final and definitive form, the Version of Record, has been published in the Journal of European Public Policy, 2013 copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at:
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:15
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:23

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