Belief system alignment and cross-sectoral advocacy efforts in policy debates

Leifeld, P., Henrichsen, T., Buckton, C. , Fergie, G. and Hilton, S. (2022) Belief system alignment and cross-sectoral advocacy efforts in policy debates. Journal of European Public Policy, 29(8), pp. 1225-1248. (doi: 10.1080/13501763.2021.1945131)

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Abstract

Political actors participate in policy debates as an advocacy strategy to influence political opponents and public opinion. They often engage in cross-sectoral advocacy by participating in multiple adjacent debates. To investigate what factors influence cross-sectoral advocacy in policy debates, we examined advocacy coalitions in two health policy debates in the UK – the regulation of sugar-sweetened beverages and alcoholic drinks. We predicted cross-sectoral advocacy efforts across 237 actors, such as health charities, manufacturers, or retailers, as a function of their belief system alignment relative to their advocacy coalition. In a methodological innovation, Bayesian item response models were applied to policy beliefs stated publicly by actors in eleven newspapers to measure the ideological positions of actors and beliefs relative to their advocacy coalition. Extreme belief alignment relative to one’s coalition, a small spread of stated beliefs, and a strong engagement were found to explain cross-sectoral advocacy.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:SH, GF and CB were supported by UK Medical Research Council and Chief Scientist Office core funding as part of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit Policy programme (2015-2020) MC_UU_12017/15; SPHSU15: and Complexity in Health programme (2020-2025) MC_UU_00022/1; SPHSU16.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Leifeld, Professor Philip and Fergie, Dr Gillian and Hilton, Professor Shona and Henrichsen, Tim and Buckton, Christina
Authors: Leifeld, P., Henrichsen, T., Buckton, C., Fergie, G., and Hilton, S.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences
Journal Name:Journal of European Public Policy
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN:1350-1763
ISSN (Online):1466-4429
Published Online:28 June 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 The Authors
First Published:First published in Journal of European Public Policy 29(8): 1225-1248
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons licence

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
727671Informing Healthy Public PolicyPeter CraigMedical Research Council (MRC)MC_UU_12017/15HW - MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit
727671Informing Healthy Public PolicyPeter CraigOffice of the Chief Scientific Adviser (CSO)SPHSU15HW - MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit
3048231Complexity in healthSharon SimpsonMedical Research Council (MRC)MC_UU_00022/1HW - MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit
3048231Complexity in healthSharon SimpsonOffice of the Chief Scientific Adviser (CSO)SPHSU16HW - MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit