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The Structure of Policy Change

Derek A. Epp


This book explores how public policies change over time. Its central argument is that when lawmakers can process information more comprehensively, then they can react more smoothly to environmental stimuli, reducing the prevalence of incremental policy changes and the magnitude of sudden policy disruptions. The book suggests that information processing depends heavily on three factors: issue complexity, institutional capacity, and the procedures that govern decision making. Highly complex issues make information processing more difficult, so we observe more disruptions in policies addressing a ... More

Keywords: information processing, public policy, policy change, complexity, wisdom of crowds, institutional capacity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226529691
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226529868.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Derek A. Epp, author
University of Texas at Austin