Michael D. Jones

Oregon State University
School of Public Policy

310 Gilkey Hall
Corallis, Oregon
United States
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I am currently an Assistant Professor at Oregon State's School of Public Policy. I received my PhD in Political Science in 2010 from the University of Oklahoma and hold an MA and BS in Political Science, both granted from Idaho State University. My research focuses on the role and influence of narrative in public policy processes, outcomes, and science communication.

Shanahan, Elizabeth A., Michael D. Jones and Mark K. McBeth. 2011. "Policy Narratives and Policy Processes." Policy Studies Journal 39 (3): 535-561.
Abstract: The Advocacy Coalition Framework (ACF) has in?uenced a generation of policy scholars with its emphasis on causal drivers, testable hypotheses, and falsi?cation. Until recently, the role of policy narratives has been largely neglected in ACF literature partially because much of that work has operated outside of traditional social science principles, such as falsi?cation. Yet emerging literature under the rubric of Narrative Policy Framework (NPF) demonstrates how the role of policy narratives in policy processes is studied using the same rigorous social science standards initially set forth by Paul A. Sabatier. The NPF identi?es theories specifying narrative elements and strategies that are likely useful to ACF researchers as classes of variables that have yet to be integrated. Examining this proposition, we provide seven hypotheses related to critical ACF concepts including advocacy coalitions and policy beliefs, policy learning, public opinion, and strategy. Our goal is to stay within the scienti?c, theoretical, and methodological tradition of the ACF and show how NPF?s empirical, hypotheses, and causal driven work on policy narratives identi?es theories applicable to ACF research while also offering an independent framework capable of explaining the policy process through the power of policy narratives. In doing so, we believe both ACF and NPF scholarship can contribute to the advancement of our understanding of the policy process.
URL: http://works.bepress.com/mjones/4/
Jones, Michael D., and Mark K. McBeth. 2010. "A Narrative Policy Framework: Clear Enough to be Wrong?" Policy Studies Journal 38 (2): 329-353.
Abstract: Narratives are increasingly subject to empirical study in a wide variety of disciplines. However, in public policy, narratives are thought of almost exclusively as a poststructural concept outside the realm of empirical study. In this paper, after reviewing the major literature on narratives, we argue thatv policy narratives can be studied using systematic empirical approaches and introduce a ?Narrative Policy Framework? (NPF) for elaboration and empirical testing. The NPF defines narrative structure and narrative content. We then discuss narrative at the micro level of analysis and examine how narratives impact individual attitudes and hence aggregate public opinion. Similarly, we examine strategies for the studying of group and elite behavior using the NPF. We conclude with seven hypotheses for researchers interested in elaborating the framework.
URL: http://works.bepress.com/mjones/3/

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Policy Process Theory PRIMARY