Paul A. Sabatier died February 3, 2013 after a long illness. Dr. Sabatier was a key contributor and member of a multidisciplinary team on an ISTPP EPA-funded watershed management project. Project researchers implemented a collaborative approach to watershed management that used extensive feedback from multiple stakeholders. The results of this project germinated into a well-received book, Swimming Upstream: Collaborative Approaches to Management, edited by Paul A. Sabatier, Will Focht, Mark Lubell, Zev Trachtenberg, Arnold Vedlitz, and Marty Matlock, The MIT Press, 2005.
Dr. Sabatier was well respected for his research on public policy making and his foundational role in establishing the Division of Environmental Studies at UC Davis, where he taught from 1972 until his retirement in 2011. Dr. Sabatier was especially well known for his development of the Advocacy Coalition Theory, which provides a framework for understanding the complex interactions among multiple groups involved in developing and implementing policy.