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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: A 'Multiple Lenses' Approach to Policy Change: the Case of Tobacco Policy in the UK
Author(s): Cairney, Paul
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Keywords: tobacco policy
advocacy coalitions
punctuated equilibrium
multi-level governance
policy transfer
multiple streams
Smoking Law and legislation Great Britain
Smoking Prevention and control
Issue Date: Apr-2007
Date Deposited: 24-Jul-2013
Citation: Cairney P (2007) A 'Multiple Lenses' Approach to Policy Change: the Case of Tobacco Policy in the UK. British Politics, 2 (1), pp. 45-68.
Abstract: This article examines a period of rapid policy change following decades of stability in UK tobacco. It seeks to account for such a long period of policy stability, to analyse and qualify the extent of change, and to explain change using a 'multiple lenses' approach. It compares the explanatory value of policy network models such as punctuated equilibrium and the advocacy coalition framework, with models stressing change from 'above and below' such as multi-level governance and policy transfer. A key finding is that the value of these models varies according to the narrative of policy change that we select. The article challenges researchers to be careful about assuming the nature of policy change before embarking on explanation. While the findings of the case study may vary with other policy areas in British politics, the call for clarity and lessons from multiple approaches are widely applicable.
DOI Link: 10.1057/palgrave.bp.4200039
Rights: This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in British Politics. The definitive publisher-authenticated version British Politics (2007) 2, 45–68 is available online at:

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