Feedback mechanisms can undermine policy too
Most studies of policy feedback focus on the ways that programs can endure and expand over time. In the current issue ofGovernance, Alan Jacobs and Kent Weaver explore feedback mechanisms that gradually undermine the foundation for existing policies. They outline three of these “self-undermining” mechanisms and explain the conditions under which each mechanism is likely to operate. “The analysis,” the authors explain, “expands political scientists’ theoretical toolkit for explaining policy development over time.” Read the article.