Paul Sabatier (Deceased)

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Position Title

Department of Environmental Science and Policy
Center for Environmental Policy and Behavior


Paul Sabatier passed away in 2013, but we still consider his legacy as a important founding element of CEPB. Paul is most famous for his development of the "Advocacy Coalition Framework", along with an unrelenting devotion to high quality scientific research and standards. His research addressed the following topics: Analysis of factors affecting change in public policy over a period of several decades; the role of scientific information in that process; policy implementation; belief systems of policy elites; land use and air pollution policy in the U.S. and western Europe; water quality at San Francisco Bay and Lake Tahoe; factors affecting the success of multi-stakeholder watershed partnerships; and the application of multiple theories (particularly the Advocacy Coalition Framework) to this question.