Applying Theoretical Frameworks

You have distinguished theoretical from conceptual frameworks, and both types of frameworks from models. Also, you have learned the value and importance of identifying a relevant theoretical framework for your proposed research. In other readings this week, you read about a number of theoretical frameworks that are pertinent in criminal justice. In this Discussion, you will identify two theoretical frameworks you might use in your research, at least one of which will become a section in your Prospectus.


topic:  Factors related to African American males being targets of police brutality at disproportionate rates

Post a brief description of your Dissertation topic and problem statement. Select one theoretical framework that may apply to your topic and write 2–3 paragraphs on your selected theory and be sure to:

  • Describe the framework and the relevance of that theory to your dissertation topic and problem statement.
  • Why did you select the theory as being most appropriate for framing your proposed research?

Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources.


equired Readings

Public Policy and Administration

Anfara, V. A., Jr. (2008). Theoretical frameworks. In L. M. Given (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods (Vol. 2, pp. 870–874).

Weible, C. M., Sabatier, P. A. (Eds.). (2018). Theories of the policy process (4th ed.). Boulder, CO: Westview Press.
Introduction: Introducing the Scope and Focus of the Policy Process Research and Theory (pp. 1-10)
Chapter 8, “A Comparison of Theories of the Policy Process” (pp. 301-324)
Chapter 10, “Moving Forward and Climbing Upward: Advancing Policy Process Research” (pp. 363-373)

Shafritz, J. M., Ott, J. S., & Jang, Y. S. (Eds.). (2016). Classics of organization theory. (8th ed). Belmont, CA: Wadworth, Cengage Learning. ISBN:  978-1-285-87027-4
Foreword and Preface (pp. ix-xvi)
Introduction (pp. 1-31)
Selected theoretical frameworks (see Assignment)


Rudestam, K. E., & Newton, R. R. (2015). Surviving your dissertation: A comprehensive guide to content and process (4th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. ISBN: 978-1-4522-6097-6
Chapter 10, “Writing” (pp. 259-279)

Walden University, Center for Research Quality. (n.d.-c). Ph.D. dissertation process and documents. Retrieved from
Dissertation Guidebook
Dissertation Premise Guide
Dissertation Prospectus Guide
Dissertation Prospectus Rubric
Dissertation Student Process Worksheet