What Drives Policy Change? Insights from the Kaleidoscope Model of Food Security Policy

Steven Haggblade, Sheryl Hendriks, and Danielle Resnick, March 29, 2017, IFPRI, Washington, DC

What Drives Policy Change? Insights from the Kaleidoscope Model of Food Security Policy

A seminar organized by the Food Security Policy Innovation Lab consortium partners
IFPRI, Michigan State University and University of Pretoria
Wed., March 29, 2017, IFPRI, Washington, DC


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Steven Haggblade, Professor of International Development, Michigan State University 
Sheryl Hendriks, Professor and Director of Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Well-being, University of Pretoria
Danielle Resnick, Senior Research Fellow & Governance Theme Leader, IFPRI
David Pelletier, Professor, Cornell University College of Human Ecology
Closing Remarks
Suresh Babu, Head of Capacity Strengthening, IFPRI

What explains the persistence of socially suboptimal policies over long periods of time? What factors and forces provoke episodes of reform that punctuate long periods of policy inertia? Given the growing need to achieve policy impact with scarce resources, these key questions increasingly preoccupy the international donor and research communities.
This seminar presented the Kaleidoscope Model, a practical analytical framework for understanding policy-reform processes. Drawing on insights from political economy, public administration, and policy-process scholarship, the Kaleidoscope Model encompasses a set of tractable, operational hypotheses that can be applied across disparate policy domains and country contexts.
The seminar discussed the model’s robustness based on findings from fieldwork applications in Ghana, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zambia with respect to two very different policy domains—namely, agricultural input subsidies and human micronutrient interventions.

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