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dc.contributor.authorSwedlow, Brendon
dc.date.accessioned2012-08-27T20:13:50Z
dc.date.available2012-08-27T20:13:50Z
dc.date.issued2011-10
dc.identifier.citationSwedlow, Brendon. "Cultural Surprises as Sources of Sudden, Big Policy Change," PS: Political Science & Politics, [in symposium on A Cultural Theory of Politics], Vol. 44, Issue 4 (October 2011) pp 736-739.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://commons.lib.niu.edu/handle/10843/13304
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10843/13304
dc.description.abstractA major complaint against cultural theories is that they cannot explain political change (Lockhart 1997). Cultural and institutional accounts of politics are also often seen as antagonistic (Chai 1997; Grendstad and Selle 1995; Lockhart 1999). The cultural theory (CT) developed by Mary Douglas, Aaron Wildavsky, and others (see, e.g., Schwarz and Thompson 1990; Thompson, Ellis, and Wildavsky 1990), by contrast, offers a theory of culture that includes a theory of cultural change that integrates institutions into its explanation of change (Lockhart 1997, 1999; Thompson, Ellis, and Wildavsky 1990, 69–81; Wildavsky 1985). Moreover, CT can help specify the cultural conditions for sudden, big institutional and policy change, thereby, I argue, strengthening Frank Baumgartner and Bryan Jones's “punctuated equilibria” (PE) theory of change (Baumgartner and Jones 1993, 2002). The plausibility of this CT of PE change is illustrated in this article by using it to explain dramatic changes in forest and wildlife management in the Pacific Northwest (PNW) (building on Swedlow 2002a, b, 2003, 2007, 2009, and 2011a, b).en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherCambridge University Pressen_US
dc.titleCultural Surprises as Sources of Sudden, Big Policy Changeen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.altlocation.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1049096511001375en_US
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Political Science


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