Load refers to “refers to the capacity of institutions to deal with problems. If policymakers are dealing with all-consuming or numerous problems, then a new problem’s ability to nudge its way into the purview of policymakers is negligible” (Jones et al. 2016:15) ”
Jones, M. Peterson, H., Pierce, J. Herweg, N., Bernal, A., Lambert Raney, H. and Zahariadas, N. 2016. A River Runs Through It: A Multiple Streams Meta-Review. Policy Studies Journal, Vol. 44, pp.13-36.