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Nicolás Barbieri
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

There is a long tradition in policy analysis that seeks to develop concepts that can link the agency of actors to (institutional) structures. Based on this tradition, this article proposes an analysis of policy change combining the discursive institutionalism approach with a symbolic interactionist perspective. In particular, an analysis is made of the role played by policy discourse and policy frames in the (relative) margin of agency of actors. When and how then do policy discourse and policy frames matter when explaining policy change?

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