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Agendas, Alternatives and Public Policies,9780673523891

Agendas, Alternatives and Public Policies

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Edition:
2nd
ISBN13:

9780673523891

ISBN10:
0673523896
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/1/1995
Publisher(s):
Addison-Wesley
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Summary

This text remains the authoritative work on agenda setting and policy formation. This report on original research includes many dow-to-earth illustrations and quotations from interviews, creating enjoyable and informative reading for undergraduate students.

Table of Contents

Preface to the First Edition xi(2)
Preface to the Second Edition xiii
CHAPTER 1 How Does An Idea's Time Come?
1(20)
Concepts and Definitions
2(2)
A Brief Account of the Research
4(1)
The Lay of the Land
5(10)
Some Explanations
15(3)
A Brief Preview of the Book
18(3)
CHAPTER 2 Participants on the Inside of Government
21(24)
The Administration
21(9)
By Contrast: Civil Servants
30(4)
Capitol Hill
34(8)
Conclusion
42(3)
CHAPTER 3 Outside of Government, But Not Just Looking In
45(26)
Interest Groups
46(7)
Academics, Researchers, and Consultants
53(4)
The Media
57(4)
Elections-Related Participants
61(4)
Public Opinion
65(2)
Conclusion
67(4)
CHAPTER 4 Processes: Origins, Rationality, Incrementalism, and Garbage Cans
71(19)
Origins
71(6)
Comprehensive, Rational Decision Making
77(2)
Incrementalism
79(4)
The Federal Government and Garbage Cans
83(7)
CHAPTER 5 Problems
90(26)
Indicators
90(4)
Focusing Events, Crises, and Symbols
94(6)
Feedback
100(3)
Why Problems Fade
103(2)
Budgets: A Special Problem
105(4)
Problem Definition
109(4)
Conclusion
113(3)
CHAPTER 6 The Policy Primeval Soup
116(29)
Policy Communities
117(4)
Communities and the Soup
121(10)
Criteria for Survival
131(8)
The Short List of Ideas
139(4)
Conclusion
143(2)
CHAPTER 7 The Political Stream
145(20)
The National Mood
146(4)
Organized Political Forces
150(3)
Government in the Political Stream
153(6)
Consensus Building in the Political Stream
159(3)
Conclusion
162(3)
CHAPTER 8 The Policy Window, and Joining the Streams
165(31)
What Policy Windows Are and Why They Open
166(6)
Coupling
172(7)
Policy Entrepreneurs
179(5)
Occurrence of Windows
184(6)
Spillovers
190(4)
Conclusion
194(2)
CHAPTER 9 Wrapping Things Up
196(13)
Agenda Setting
197(3)
Alternative Specification
200(1)
Coupling and Windows
201(3)
Entrepreneurs
204(1)
Conclusion
205(4)
CHAPTER 10 Some Further Reflections
209(22)
New Case Studies
209(13)
Thoughts About the Modelling
222(9)
Appendix on Methods 231(14)
The Interviews 232(5)
Coding 237(3)
Case Studies 240(2)
Noninterview Measures of Agenda Status 242(3)
Index 245


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