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Don’t think it’s a good idea! Four building sites of the ‘ideas school’

Kamkhaji, JC; Radaelli, CM; (2021) Don’t think it’s a good idea! Four building sites of the ‘ideas school’. West European Politics 10.1080/01402382.2021.1959751. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Ideational explanations of policy change are popular in the fields of political economy, comparative politics and policy analysis. And yet, to make the case for ideational explanations, we must make further progress on the nature of ideas, where they come from, what they consist of, and how they change over time. We highlight four critical building sites concerning the definitional aspects of ideational explanations, micro-foundations, mechanisms and the difference between ideational and cognitive analysis. We make recommendations on how to carry out work in the building sites and describe the range of suggestions and ways forward found in the articles of this Symposium. We also suggest cross-fertilising political science with the findings of neighbouring disciplines that have developed empirically robust models of ideation and cognition.

Type: Article
Title: Don’t think it’s a good idea! Four building sites of the ‘ideas school’
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/01402382.2021.1959751
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/01402382.2021.1959751
Language: English
Additional information: © 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercialNoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).
Keywords: explanation, micro-foundations, mechanisms, cognitive analysis, référentiel
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10133855
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