The Advocacy Coalition Framework

Nearly 30 years ago, Paul Sabatier and Hank Jenkins-Smith created the advocacy coalition framework for scholars interested in gaining a better understanding of some of the most perplexing puzzles in public policy, including the formation and maintenance of coalitions, the propensity for learning and the role of science and technology in policy processes, and the factors associated with policy change over time. The ACF has since developed into a research program with scholars applying the framework, testing and developing its hypotheses, and exploring new methods of data collection and analysis in political contexts that span the globe.