Sonja Blum

University of Hagen
Institute of Political Science

Universitätsstraße 33
Hagen
Germany
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My research interests are in comparative public policy, social policy, and theories of the policy process such as the multiple-streams framework. I have investigated family policy change in different European countries, focusing on the role of policy ideas, policy learning and policy transfers. My on-going research programme is on policy analysis and research utilisation in the policy process.

Citation:
Blum, Sonja. 2018. The Multiple-Streams Framework and Knowledge Utilization: Argumentative Couplings of Problem, Policy, and Politics Issues. European Policy Analysis, 4(1): 94-117.
Abstract: Two problems are discussed in the—surprisingly unconnected—literatures on the multiple‐streams framework (MSF) and on knowledge utilization. In the MSF, the concept of coupling has been overlooked, namely the mechanisms of linking between the problem, policy, and politics streams. In the knowledge‐utilization literature, it is discussed whether political–strategic issues are the preserve of policy‐makers, or also considered by scientific experts. Through connecting both literatures, this article develops the concept of argumentative coupling, that is the linking of problem, policy, and politics issues through arguments. This follows the recently rising call of reading the MSF through an argumentative lens. Building on an ethnographic account of research–policy interactions, different types and three different logics of argumentative coupling are systematized: consequential, doctrinal, and political. Argumentative coupling illuminates how the ground for “final couplings” is prepared: by constructing canals between the streams, which entrepreneurs may sail when the wind is blowing.
URL: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/epa2.1029
Citation:
Blum, Sonja, and Marleen Brans. 2017. “Academic Policy Analysis and Research Utilization for Policymaking.” Marleen Brans, Iris Geva-May and Michael Howlett, eds. Handbook of Comparative Policy Analysis. London: Routledge.
URL: https://www.routledge.com/Routledge-Handbook-of-Comparative-Policy-Analysis/Brans-Geva-May-Howlett/p/book/9781138959774
Citation:
Blum, Sonja, and Johanna Kuhlmann. 2016. “Crisis? What crisis? Restructuring the German Welfare System in Times of Unexpected Prosperity.” Klaus Schubert, Paloma de Villota, and Johanna Kuhlmann, eds. Challenges to European Welfare Systems (pp. 133-58). Heidelberg: Springer.
URL: http://www.springer.com/de/book/9783319076799
Citation:
Blum, Sonja, Lenka Formánková, and Ivana Dobrotic. 2014. “Family Policies in ‘Hybrid’ Welfare Sates After the Crisis: Pathways Between Policy Expansion and Retrenchment.” Social Policy & Administration, 48(4): 468-91.
URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/spol.12071/abstract
Citation:
Blum, Sonja. 2014. “No Need to Reinvent the Wheel: Family Policy Transfers in Germany and Austria.” Policy Studies, 35(4): 357-76.
URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01442872.2013.875153
Citation:
Blum, Sonja and Klaus Schubert. 2017. Politikfeldanalyse. Wiesbaden: VS.
Citation:
Blum, Sonja, and Klaus Schubert. 2013, eds. Policy Analysis in Germany. Bristol: The Policy Press.
URL: https://policypress.co.uk/policy-analysis-in-germany

Substantive Focus:
Governance
Social Policy SECONDARY
Comparative Public Policy PRIMARY

Theoretical Focus:
Policy Process Theory PRIMARY
Agenda-Setting, Adoption, and Implementation SECONDARY
Policy Analysis and Evaluation

Keywords

FAMILY POLICY MULTIPLE-STREAMS FRAMEWORK RESEARCH UTILIZATION POLICY TRANSFER POLICY ANALYSIS