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Understanding development trajectories for biotechnology governance frameworks in sub-Saharan Africa: the policy kinetics model

Mugwagwa, Julius; King'Iri, Ann and Muraguri, Lois (2014). Understanding development trajectories for biotechnology governance frameworks in sub-Saharan Africa: the policy kinetics model. International Journal of Technology Management and Sustainable Development, 13(1) pp. 37–52.

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Abstract

Using case studies on development and implementation of biotechnology governance frameworks in four African countries, we introduce and build the case for a policy kinetics (PK) approach to analysing and unpacking complex policy processes. The PK approach proposes a comprehensive approach to understanding how various ‘pieces of the policy puzzle’ interact in arenas to facilitate or constrain attainment of desired outputs. Borrowing from reaction kinetics in chemistry, which is the study of rates of chemical processes, our argument is that complex policy processes can indeed be broken down into reactants, processes, catalysts and outputs, all interacting at various levels in space and time. We also bring attention to the presence of various intermediate outputs of processes with the potential to facilitate or constrain the process, including bringing a shift to the direction, duration and pace of the overall process. The presence or potential emergence of components that mimic process catalysts is another area that this approach brings to the attention of policy actors. By engaging with what happens at the level where the various components of a policy process interface with each other, we argue that this model is a useful tool for unpacking, understanding and influencing not only the development and implementation of biotechnology governance mechanisms in Africa, but other policy arenas elsewhere.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2014 Intellect Ltd
ISSN: 2040-0551
Keywords: biotechnology; policy analysis; policy kinetics; policy making; policy processes; Sub-Saharan Africa
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Development, Geography
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
International Development & Inclusive Innovation
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Item ID: 39993
Depositing User: Julius Mugwagwa
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2014 09:52
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2017 19:09
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/39993
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