In the DASF PEs are instrumental to the agenda setting process PEs are

In the dasf pes are instrumental to the agenda

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necessarily limited by, existing structures and institutions. In the DASF, PEs are instrumental to the agenda setting process. PEs are boundedly rational with procedural rationality. As a result, they display satisficing behaviour in which not all potential and sensible issues will be considered in detail. Instead, a ‘good’ or good enough’ idea is quickly identified and pursued. Once a preferred alternative (policy idea) has been identified, PEs start to bring together problems, policy and politics, so they are ready to catapult their preferred policy solution onto the agenda of the relevant decision-making body when a window of opportunity opens. The chances of a policy idea entering the agenda increase when the PEs can demonstrate that the policy idea is technically feasible from a cognitive perspective, and is value accepted from a normative perspective. The chances are further enhanced if PEs successfully address potential future constraints. These aspects are communicated as part of an interactive process that includes the coordination of participants in the agenda setting process. This coordination occurs typically in the policy arena. Communication is vital in the political arena, where political actors seek to legitimise the idea with the wider public.
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112 The role and setting of collective actors as an epistemic community is uncertain at this stage. It is not clear whether the epistemic community overlaps with the policy community, where the boundaries of these notions are and whether the epistemic community will add to the investigation of the project. For the purpose of this thesis, the policy community is defined as actors (individual and collective) who are primarily and directly concerned with policy making within the policy stream. The members of the epistemic community can, however, include actors that execute or are affected by the execution of policies and who can come from within and outside the policy stream. To identify the epistemic community the study investigates the following questions: Was there an epistemic community in the GAAP/GFS harmonisation process? And if yes, o What are the shared causal and normative beliefs of the epistemic community?; o What are their shared notions of validity?; o What is the common policy enterprise?; and last What do the findings from the GAAP/GFS harmonisation agenda setting project mean for the inclusion of the concept of the epistemic community in the DASF? The addition of the epistemic community enhances the DASF because it provides a more theoretically grounded consideration of collective actors than MS’ descriptive concept of the policy community. The application of the DASF to the GAAP/GFS harmonisation agenda setting case will shed light into some of these issues. Figure 4.5 provides a summary of DASF based on the elements used to assess the theoretical constructs.
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113 Figure 4.5: Summary DASF Epistemological perspective Social constructionism Cause of change Exogenous and endogenous factors Type of change (incremental or radical) Incremental and radical change Change progression
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