Applying Multiple Streams Theoretical Framework to College Matriculation Policy Reform for Children of Migrant Workers in China

Nan Zhou, Feng Feng


Pre-decision, as the first step in the process of public policy-making, includes agenda setting and alternative specification. In order to make a better understanding of Chinese pre-decision processes and explore Chinese special characteristics presented in the processes of pre-decision, the article researches the case of college matriculation policy reform for children of migrant workers by applying multiple streams theoretical framework in the Chinese context. It analyzes how the political stream can move this policy reform problem up on the governmental agenda directly and points out that it always fails to enter the decision agenda due to the absence of the policy stream. The article also argues that a surviving proposal in our case not only need to satisfy necessary criteria, but to consider obstructions of Chinese particular institutions. Finally, the article concludes that the multiple streams theory is generally applicable in China and proves the significance that the policy stream has been ready to wait for the link of other two streams. Through this case research, we can provide theoretical supports and practical experiences for Chinese governmental officials in the processes of their pre-decision and make them optimize the processes well in future.

Keywords: multiple streams, policy window, college matriculation policy reform (CMPR), agenda setting, alternatives

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