Holly L. Peterson

Oregon State University
Public Policy

100-P Bexell Hall
Oregon State University
Corvallis, Oregon
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Jones, Michael D., Holly L. Peterson,, Jonathan J. Pierce, Nicole Herweg, Amiel Bernal, Holly Lamberta Raney, and Nikolaos Zahariadis. 2015. "A River Runs Through It: A Multiple Streams Meta-Review." Policy Studies Journal.
Abstract: This study uses content analysis of recent Multiple Streams Approach (MSA) research to determine the scope of MSA applications, examining the consistency, and coherence with which concepts of MSA are applied. Our analysis examines peer-reviewed articles testing MSA concepts available in English published from 2000 through 2013 (N = 311). Among other findings, we observe that MSA is applied to study 65 different countries, at multiple levels of governance, across 22 different policy areas, and by researchers spanning the globe. Our findings suggest that while MSA is prolific, consistency across applications—in terms of operationalization of MSA core concepts—is needed to facilitate theoretical development of the approach.
URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/psj.12115/abstract;jsessionid=9E92B065D334A43F58ADE2C282180FE8.f04t03?userIsAuthenticated=false&deniedAccessCustomisedMessage=
DOI: 10.1111/psj.12115
Pierce, Jonathan J., Aaron Smith-Walter, and Holly L. Peterson. 2014. “Research Design and the Narrative Policy Framework.” The Science of Stories: Applications of the Narrative Policy Framework in Public Policy Analysis. Michael D. Jones, Elizabeth A. Shanahan, and Mark K. McBeth, eds. Palgrave Macmillan.
Pierce, Jonathan J., Saba Siddiki, Michael D. Jones, Kristin Schumacher, Andrew Pattison, and Holly L. Peterson. 2014. "Social Construction and Policy Design: A Review of Past Applications." Policy Studies Journal 42 (1): 1-29.
Abstract: One of the leading theories for understanding the policy process is the theory of social construction and policy design developed by Anne Schneider and Helen Ingram. The theory incorporates the social construction and power of target populations to understand the development and implications of policy design. In order to better understand its empirical breadth, depth, and general utility, our analysis reviews all past publications of the theory, focusing specifically on empirical applications (N = 111), from 1993 to 2013. Based on this review, we find: a recent increase in the number of applications of this theory; that these applications appear across a wide range of outlets, relate to numerous policy domains, and are conducted by a diverse group of domestic and international scholars; that the target population proposition has been applied with greater frequency than the theory’s feed-forward proposition; and that scholars have a notable interest in understanding causal mechanisms leading to changes in the positioning of target populations among advantaged, contender, dependent, and deviant target population categories. Following a descriptive review of past publications, we offer specific suggestions for theoretical development and future research.

Substantive Focus:
Energy and Natural Resource Policy SECONDARY
Environmental Policy PRIMARY
Science and Technology Policy

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