9780226039497

Agendas and Instability in American Politics

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  • ISBN13:

    9780226039497

  • ISBN10:

    0226039498

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 5/1/2009
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
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Summary

WhenAgendas and Instability in American Politicsappeared fifteen years ago, offering a profoundly original account of how policy issues rise and fall on the national agenda, theJournal of Politicspredicted that it would "become a landmark study of public policy making and American politics." That prediction proved true and, in this long-awaited second edition, Bryan Jones and Frank Baumgartner refine their influential argument and expand it to illuminate the workings of democracies beyond the United States. The authors retain all the substance of their contention that short-term, single-issue analyses cast public policy too narrowly as the result of cozy and dependable arrangements among politicians, interest groups, and the media. Jones and Baumgartner provide a different interpretation by taking the long view of several issuesincluding nuclear energy, urban affairs, smoking, and auto safetyto demonstrate that bursts of rapid, unpredictable policy change punctuate the patterns of stability more frequently associated with government. Featuring a new introduction and two additional chapters, this updated edition ensures that their findings will remain a touchstone of policy studies for many years to come.

Author Biography

Bryan D. Jones is the J. J. Pickle Chair in Congressional Studies in the Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin. Frank R. Baumgartner is Miller-LaVigne Professor of Political Science at Penn State University. They are the coauthors of several books, including The Politics of Attention, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. vii
Preface to the Second Editionp. xi
Preface to the First Editionp. xiii
Introductionp. xvii
Theoretical Beginningsp. 1
Punctuated Equilibria in Politicsp. 3
Policy Images and Institutional Venuesp. 25
Studying Agenda Changep. 39
Tracing Policy Change in Americap. 57
The Construction and Collapse of a Policy Monopolyp. 59
Two Models of Issue Expansionp. 83
The Dynamics of Media Attentionp. 103
Cities as a National Political Problemp. 126
Connecting Solutions to Problems: Three Valence Issuesp. 150
Structural and Contextual Change in Politicsp. 173
Interest Groups and Agenda-Settingp. 175
Congress as a Jurisdictional Battlefieldp. 193
Federalism as a System of Policy Venuesp. 216
Governing through Institutional Disruptionp. 235
Agendas and Instability, Fifteen Years Laterp. 253
Policy Subsystems, Puncuated Equilibrium, and Theories of Policy Changep. 255
Punctuated Equilibrium and Disruptive Dynamicsp. 285
Appendix Ap. 291
Appendix Bp. 307
Referencesp. 315
Indexp. 331
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