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Christopher M. Weible, Professor & Ph.D. Program Director

University of Colorado Denver
School of Public Affairs
P.O. Box 173364 - Campus Box 142
Denver, CO 80217 - 3364
Phone: (303) 315 - 2010
Fax: (303) 315 – 2229


Google Scholar Profile​

Dr. Weible received his Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California Davis.  He earned a Master in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Washington. His research and teaching center on political conflict and concord in relation to public policy issues. He co-directs the Workshop on Policy Process Research (WOPPR) and is currently serving as the Director for the PhD Program for the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver.  Dr. Weible co-edited Theories of the Policy Process​ and Policy Debates in Hydraulic Fracturing ​.   He teaches courses in environmental politics, policy processes, policy analysis, and research methods and design.  Recent and current research include studying multi-stakeholder collaboration processes in aquaculture partnerships, assessing policy designs and improving outcomes in organic farming, and analyzing the politics of unconventional oil and gas development using hydraulic fracturing (fracking).  He is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer.

2017. "Policy Conflict Framework." Policy Sciences.

2016. "Comparing the Politics of Hydraulic Fracturing in New York, Colorado, and Texas." Review of Policy Research.

2016. "Integrating Core Concepts from the Institutional Analysis and Development Framework for the Systematic Analysis of Policy Designs: An Illustration from the US National Organic Program Regulation." Journal of Theoretical Politics.

2015. "The Composition of Policy Change: Comparing Colorado's 1977 and 2006 Smoking Bans." Policy Sciences.

2015​. "Understanding Policy Reform in Colorado's Domestic Violence Offender Treatment Standards." Social Policy & Administration. 

2015. "Assessing Policy Divergence: How to Investigate the Differences between a Law and a Corresponding Regulation." Public Administration.

2014 "Capturing Structural and Functional Diversity through Institutional Analysis: The Mayor Position in City Charters." Urban Affairs Review.

2014. "Explaining Coordination in Collaborative Partnerships and Clarifying the Scope of the Belief Homophily Hypothesis." Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory.


2011. "Dissecting Policy Designs: An Application of the Institutional Grammar Tool" Policy Studies Journal.

2010. "Policy Process Research for Democracy: A Commentary on Lasswell's Vision"   International Journal of Policy Studies. 

2010. "A Systematic Approach to Institutional Analysis: Applying Crawford and Ostrom’s Grammar." Political Research Quarterly. 

2010.  “Analytics and Beliefs: Competing Explanations for Defining Problems and in Choosing Allies and Opponents in Collaborative Environmental Management.” Public Administration Review

2010. “Harnessing Expert-Based Information for Learning and the Sustainable Management of Complex Socio-Ecological Systems.” Environmental Science and Policy.

2010. “The Logic of Policy Change after Crisis: Proximity and Subsystem Interaction.” Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy. 

2009. "Coalitions, Science, and Belief Change: Comparing Adversarial and Collaborative Policy Subsystems." Policy Studies Journal.

2009. "Themes and Variations: Taking Stock of the Advocacy Coalition Framework." Policy Studies Journal.

2008. "Expert-Based Information and Policy Subsystems: A Review and Synthesis" Policy Studies Journal.

2008. "The Advocacy Coalition Framework." Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy.

2008. "Caught in a Maelstrom: Implementing California Marine Protected Areas." Coastal Management Journal.

2008. "A Collective Interest Model Approach to Explain the Benefit-Cost Expectations of Participating in a Collaborative Institution." Environment and Behavior.

2007. "The Advocacy Coalition Framework: Innovations and Clarifications". In Theories of the Policy Process. 2nd Edition.

2007. "Scientists and Environmental Politics: Examining Trends in the Lake Tahoe Basin from 1984 to 2001." Environmental Management.

2007. "An Advocacy Coalition Framework Approach to Stakeholder Analysis: Understanding the Political Context of California Marine Protected Area Policy." Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory.

2006. "A Guide to the Advocacy Coalition Framework: Tips for Researchers." In Handbook of Public Policy Analysis: Theory, Politics, and Methods.

2005. "Eras of Watershed Management in the United States: Implications for Collaborative Watershed Approaches," In Swimming Upstream: Collaborative Approaches to Watershed Management

2005. "Comparing Policy Networks: Marine Protected Areas in California." Policy Studies Journal.

2005. "No Sparks Fly: Policy Participants Agree on Thinning Trees in the Lake Tahoe Basin." Journal of Forestry.

2004. "Collaborative and Top-Down Approach to the Use of Science in Policy: Establishing Marine Protected Areas in California." Policy Studies Journal.​​ | Physical Address: 1380 Lawrence St., Ste. 500  Denver, CO  80204 | Mailing Address: University of Colorado Denver, SPA, Campus Box 142, P.O. Box 173364, Denver, CO 80217-3364 | ph: 303.315.2228 | fax: 303.315.2229 | SPA Website Feedback

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