The multiple streams framework in a nondemocracy: The infeasibility of a national ban on live poultry sales in China

Journal Article (Journal Article)

In response to calls to apply the multiple streams framework to nondemocracies, this article adapts the framework to an authoritarian context and applies it to a case study of live poultry sales in food markets in China, a key issue in epidemic prevention. Using a dataset consisting of Chinese policy documents, Chinese news articles, World Health Organization data, and secondary literature, the study shows that despite the public health threat posed by live poultry sales and despite high-level political support, a national-level permanent ban has not been adopted because it is technically infeasible, financially inviable, and inconsistent with existing norms and values. The study suggests that—despite the country's top-down governance style and lack of political pluralism—policy preferences expressed by members of the policy-making elite are not necessarily adopted in authoritarian China. Future research should test the proposed hypotheses in other policy areas and other authoritarian contexts.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • van den Dool, A

Published Date

  • January 1, 2022

Published In

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1541-0072

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0190-292X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/psj.12456

Citation Source

  • Scopus