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A comparative framework: how broadly applicable is a 'rigorous' critical junctures framework?

Hogan, John William and Doyle, David (2009) A comparative framework: how broadly applicable is a 'rigorous' critical junctures framework? Acta Politica, 44 . pp. 211-240. ISSN 1741-1416

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The paper tests Hogan and Doyle's (2007, 2008) framework for examining critical junctures. This framework sought to incorporate the concept of ideational change in understanding critical junctures. Until its development, frameworks utilized in identifying critical junctures were subjective, seeking only to identify crisis, and subsequent policy changes, arguing that one invariably led to the other, as both occurred around the same time. Hogan and Doyle (2007, 2008) hypothesized ideational change as an intermediating variable in their framework, determining if, and when, a crisis leads to radical policy change. Here we test this framework on cases similar to, but different from, those employed in developing the exemplar. This will enable us determine whether the framework's relegation of ideational change to a condition of crisis holds, or, if ideational change has more importance than is ascribed to it by this framework. This will also enable us determined if the framework itself is robust, and fit for the purposes it was designed to perform — identifying the nature of policy change.

Item Type:Article (Published)
Uncontrolled Keywords:critical juncture; ideational change; macroeconomic crisis; Sweden; Ireland;
Subjects:Social Sciences > Political science
DCU Faculties and Centres:Research Initiatives and Centres > Centre for International Studies (CIS)
DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Law and Government
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan
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Copyright Information:This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Acta Politica. The definitive publisher-authenticated version is available online at:
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:2079
Deposited On:04 Nov 2008 10:01 by David Doyle. Last Modified 14 Nov 2016 15:26

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