3 good questions and answers: "Gap-theory: problem gravity driving force"

What is the central hypothesis of the gap theory?
Policymakers react on the gravity (ernst) of a problem. This correlates with the width of the performance gap: the smaller the difference between the present situation and norm, the less necessary to act on the problem
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What does the gap theory not explain?
  • Why grave problems often are neglected, symbolically treated, crossed out
  • Why not very grave problems sometimes are put on the agenda
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What important factors are missing in the gap theory?
  • Power and influence of involved actors
  • Institutions that articulate and support problems and solutions
  • Information about causes of problems and solutions
  • History of the problem
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