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Agendas and Instability in American Politics

Agendas and Instability in American Politics - 93 edition

ISBN13: 978-0226039398

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ISBN13: 978-0226039398
ISBN10: 0226039390
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 93
Copyright: 1993
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Published: 1993
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Agendas and Instability in American Politics - 93 edition

ISBN13: 978-0226039398

Frank R. Baumgartner and Bryan D. Jones

ISBN13: 978-0226039398
ISBN10: 0226039390
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 93
Copyright: 1993
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Published: 1993
International: No
Summary

In this innovative account of the way policy issues rise and fall on the national agenda--the first detailed study of so many issues over an extended period--Frank R. Baumgartner and Bryan D. Jones show that rapid change not only can but does happen in the hidebound institutions of government.

Short-term, single-issue analyses of public policy, the authors contend, give a narrow and distorted view of public policy as the result of a cozy arrangement between politicians, interest groups, and the media. Baumgartner and Jones upset these notions by focusing on several issues--including civilian nuclear power, urban affairs, smoking, and auto safety--over a much longer period of time to reveal patterns of stability alternating with bursts of rapid, unpredictable change.

A welcome corrective to conventional political wisdom, Agendas and Instability revises our understanding of the dynamics of agenda-setting and clarifies a subject at the very center of the study of American politics.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface


Part One: Theoretical Beginnings

1 Punctuated Equilibria in Politics
2 Policy Images and Institutional Venues
3 Studying Agenda Change

Part Two: Tracing Policy Change in America

4 The Construction and Collapse of a Policy Monopoly
5 Two Models of Issue Expansion
6 The Dynamics of Media Attention
7 Cities as a National Political Problem
8 Connecting Solutions to Problems: Three Valence Issues

Part Three: Structural and Contextual Change in Politics

9 Interest Groups and Agenda-Setting
10 Congress as a Jurisdictional Battlefield
11 Federalism as a System of Policy Venues
12 Governing through Institutional Disruption


Apendix A: Data Sources
Appendix B: Regression Analysis of Agenda Dynamics

References
Index

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