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    Agendas, Alternatives, and Public Policies (Longman Classics Edition)


Updated in a new 2 nd edition,Agendas, Alternatives, and Public Policieshas been reissued in this Longman Classics edition, featuring a new epilogue: Health Care Reform from Clinton to Obama. Comparing the Clinton administration in 1993 with the Obama administration in 2009 and 2010, Kingdon analyses how agenda setting, actors, and alternatives affect public policy.

Table of Contents

Preface to the First Editionp. xvii
Preface to the Second Editionp. xix
How Does an Idea's Time Come?p. 1
Concepts and Definitionsp. 2
A Brief Account of the Researchp. 4
The Lay of the Landp. 5
Some Explanationsp. 15
A Brief Preview of the Bookp. 18
Participants on the Inside of Governmentp. 21
The Administrationp. 21
By Contrast: Civil Servantsp. 30
Capitol Hillp. 34
Conclusionp. 42
Outside of Government, but Not Just Looking Inp. 45
Interest Groupsp. 46
Academics, Researchers, and Consultantsp. 53
The Mediap. 57
Elections-Related Participantsp. 61
Public Opinionp. 65
Conclusionp. 67
Processes: Origins, Rationality, Incrementalism, and Garbage Cansp. 71
Originsp. 71
Comprehensive, Rational Decision Makingp. 77
Incrementalismp. 79
The Federal Government and Garbage Cansp. 83
Problemsp. 90
Indicatorsp. 90
Focusing Events, Crises, and Symbolsp. 94
Feedbackp. 100
Why Problems Fadep. 103
Budgets: A Special Problemp. 105
Problem Definitionp. 109
Conclusionp. 113
The Policy Primeval Soupp. 116
Policy Communitiesp. 117
Communities and the Soupp. 121
Criteria for Survivalp. 131
The Short List of Ideasp. 139
Conclusionp. 143
The Political Streamp. 145
The National Moodp. 146
Organized Political Forcesp. 150
Government in the Political Streamp. 153
Consensus-Building in the Political Streamp. 159
Conclusionp. 162
The Policy Window, and Joining the Streamsp. 165
What Policy Windows Are and Why They Openp. 166
Couplingp. 172
Policy Entrepreneursp. 179
Occurrence of Windowsp. 184
Spilloversp. 190
Conclusionp. 194
Wrapping Things Upp. 196
Agenda Settingp. 197
Alternative Specificationp. 200
Coupling and Windowsp. 201
Entrepreneursp. 204
Conclusionp. 205
Some Further Reflectionsp. 209
New Case Studiesp. 209
Thoughts about the Modellingp. 222
Epilogue: Health Care Reform in the Clinton and Obama Administrationsp. 231
Problemsp. 232
Policiesp. 236
The Political Streamp. 239
The Open Windowp. 241
The Rest of the Storyp. 243
Conclusionp. 247
Appendix on Methodsp. 249
The Interviewsp. 250
Codingp. 255
Case Studiesp. 258
Noninterview Measures of Agenda Statusp. 260
Indexp. 263
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