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The Political Formulation of Policy SolutionsArguments, Arenas, and Coalitions$
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Philippe Zittoun, Frank Fischer, and Nikolaos Zahariadis

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781529210347

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529210347.001.0001

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Upcycling a Trashed Policy Solution? Argumentative Couplings for Solution Definition and Deconstruction in German Pension Policy

Upcycling a Trashed Policy Solution? Argumentative Couplings for Solution Definition and Deconstruction in German Pension Policy

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The Political Formulation of Policy Solutions
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Sonja Blum

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781529210347.003.0002

Policies, measures, and proposals are constantly developed, but they require the connection to a ‘problem’ (or several ones) to be transformed into ‘solutions’. An essential element in achieving such binding of problem and solution concepts is rhetoric. Yet while problem-policy connections are crucial within the Multiple-Streams Framework (MSF), its element of coupling has remained largely overlooked in the literature. This chapter seeks to contribute to a better understanding of the binding activities by policy actors, and of the argumentative processes through which ‘measures’ or ‘instruments’ are defined into ‘policy solutions’. Moreover, policymaking is not a linear way forward, but involves policy change (or even reversal), which often requires to deconstruct and then replace previous solution definitions. This chapter presents the concept of ‘argumentative coupling’, and employs it to study reforms in German pension policy. The case study highlights the importance of definitional struggles in different spaces of dispute for understanding the definition – and, notably, also the deconstruction – of policy solutions.

Keywords:   Policy, Definition, Deconstruction, Argumentative coupling, Multiple-Streams Framework, Pension policy, Germany

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