Coalition Formation and Stability in Environmental Policy: Testing a Revised Version of Advocacy Coalition Framework on San Francisco Bay/Delta Water Policy

EPA Grant Number: R823445
Title: Coalition Formation and Stability in Environmental Policy: Testing a Revised Version of Advocacy Coalition Framework on San Francisco Bay/Delta Water Policy
Investigators: Sabatier, Paul A.
Institution: University of California - Davis
EPA Project Officer: Lee, Sonja
Project Period: May 15, 1995 through May 14, 1997
Project Amount: $158,226
RFA: Socio-Economics (1995) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Economics and Decision Sciences

Description:

The purpose of this project is to apply in a self-critical fashion a particular theory of policy change?the advocacy coalition framework (ACF)?to San Francisco Bay/Delta water policy over the past three decades. This will involve:

  • Content analysis of approximately 450 testimonies at 40 hearings to analyze the content and stability of the belief systems of important organizations and how they can be grouped into coalitions.
  • Conduct interviews with coalition leaders to understand how they have coordinated their behavior with prospective allies, both in general and in several specific controversies.
  • Use interviews and documents to analyze several professional fora for promoting consensus and learning across coalitions, with particular attention to several ACF hypotheses concerning the conditions conducive to successful vs. unsuccessful fora.
  • Compare the findings from the content analysis of Bay testimony to that of similar studies of Lake Tahoe and U.S. autonomitive pollution control policy, as well as surveys of Bay and Tahoe policy elites.
On the basis of the accumulated evidence, revise the ACF.

Supplemental Keywords:

RFA, Economic, Social, & Behavioral Science Research Program, Geographic Area, State, decision-making, Economics & Decision Making, coalition formation, surface water policy, community involvement, belief system, consensus modeling, stability, advocacy coalition framework, environmental values, environmental policy, legal and policy choices, California (CA)

Progress and Final Reports:

  • 1995
  • Final Report