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2018 - 89th Annual SPSA Conference Words: 251 words || 
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1. Dolan, Dana. "Partial Couplings, Issue Linkage, and Multiple Partial Couplings" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 89th Annual SPSA Conference, Hyatt Regency, New Orleans, LA, <Not Available>. 2019-10-17 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1328514_index.html>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: Extreme weather is increasingly framed as a preview of future climate conditions, and a way to build political will for adaptation. Yet conflicting evidence exists on whether extreme events facilitate or frustrate long-term adaptation. While traditional theory suggests extreme weather acts as a focusing event, influencing the policy process by clarifying the problem, the high ambiguity and irreducible uncertainty of climate change frustrates problem definition and policy development. Fleeting policy windows pressure policymakers to act fast, despite the lack of feasible long-term solutions. My study reinterprets extreme drought as an example of an overlooked class of crises that are not sudden, visibly harmful, and known to all simultaneously – the characteristics of a classic Birklandian focusing event. I draw insights from extensive fieldwork and document analysis on a revelatory empirical case, where in 2007, Australia passed major adaptive water reforms at the height of an unprecedented, decade-long drought. I argue that policy entrepreneurs overcame the barriers to adopting long-term policymaking by linking three separate issues (market-based water reforms, climate change adaptation, and adaptive management practices). I translate Kingdon’s familiar “streams” metaphor into Venn diagrams, to show how his overlooked concept of partial couplings helps explain the dynamics of long- term policymaking. In conclusion, I propose that policy entrepreneurs can use the practice of multiple partial couplings to raise the likelihood of passing adaptation and other long-term policies. This novel concept sheds new light on the dynamics of policy change for slow-onset crises, and suggests new hypotheses for testing in future studies.

2005 - American Sociological Association Pages: 21 pages || Words: 6038 words || 
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2. Faulkner, Caroline. "Acculturation at the Couple Level: Cultural Factors and Modern Contraceptive Use among Mexican Immigrant Couples in Houston, Texas, and San Diego, California" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Marriott Hotel, Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Philadelphia, PA, Aug 12, 2005 Online <PDF>. 2019-10-17 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p22667_index.html>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: While there is evidence of a relationship between cultural factors and fertility among Mexican origin individuals living in the U.S., much less is known about the association between cultural characteristics and contraceptive use. In this paper, I explore the relationship between cultural factors and contraceptive use among first generation Mexican immigrants at the couple level using a unique data set, Donato and Kanaiaupuni’s Health and Migration Survey. I examine the couple as an interacting dyad, whose characteristics function in relation to one another to predict contraceptive use. Previous research has noted the importance of studying couple matters in this way; however, there has been no examination to date of cultural characteristics at the couple level. In preliminary analyses, I discover that the couple-level measures I create to predict fertility do not perform better than individual-level variables. Instead, it appears that different individual-level husband and wife characteristics better explain couple’s contraceptive use. Of all my measures, however, wife’s generation and English use are the most important predictors of contraceptive use.

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