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Agendas and Instability in American Politics

Agendas and Instability in American Politics,Frank R. Baumgartner,Bryan D. Jones

Agendas and Instability in American Politics   (Citations: 800)
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The book Agendas and Instability in American Politics by Frank R. Baumgartner and Bryan D. Jones was written in the year 1993, yet it provides a contemporary overview of the forces that influence the creation of public policy. The book is divided into three parts: Theoretical Beginnings, Tracing Policy Change in America, and Structural and Contextual Change in Politics. The book provides research, interviews, case studies, and comprehensive analysis that trace issues from problem phase into policy implementation. The authors outline the forces that can push a policy out of the public eye and the cycles that can move a policy back into spotlight after years of seeming inaction on the part of government. The final section of the book focuses on recent changes in policy including: the rise of interest groups, the growth of factions in policy- making, the changing nature of the relationships between local, state, and the federal government in the policy arena. SUMMARY Theoretical Beginnings
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    • ...Much of the agenda-setting literature focuses on the interplay of institutional arenas defining the involved actors (‘venues’) and the schemes of interpretation that attach an issue to extant lines of conflict (‘frames’, see Daviter 2009, 1118; Baumgartner and Jones 1993)...

    Miriam Hartlappet al. Linking Agenda Setting to Coordination Structures: Bureaucratic Politi...

    • ...Followers of the complexity-acknowledging perspective argue that decisions are given form and content within a rather disorderly or chaotic process without central steering by the local government, and in which often an unplanned or accidental convergence of circumstances determines the decision-making (Cohen et al, 1972; Kingdon, 1984; Baumgartner & Jones, 1993; Brown & Eisenhardt, 1998), or whereby only very incrementally––either through a learning process or not––decisions are reached (Lindblom, 1959; Wildavsky, 1969; Quinn, 1980; Mintzberg et al, 1998; Teisman, 2000)...

    Thomas Blocket al. When Strategic Plans Fail to Lead. A Complexity Acknowledging Perspect...

    • ...The path dependency, or historical institutionalism and punctuated equilibrium theories, have received much attention in the literature on politics and public policy (Baumgartner& Jones, 1993; True, Jones, & Baumgartner, 1999; Mahoney, 2000; Pierson, 2000; Pierson& Skocpol, 2002; Schneider, 2006; Wolfe, 2010)...

    Frank Kwaku Ohemenget al. The Politics of Administrative Reforms in Ghana: Perspectives from Pat...

    • ...In the literature on policy and planning there are several potentially relevant individual key actors with considerable discretion and influence: street-level bureaucrats (Lipsky, 1980), policy entrepreneurs (Baumgartner & Jones, 1993; Kingdon, 1995), policy brokers (Sabatier & Jenkins-Smith, 1993, Sabatier & Weible, 2007), grey-zone administrators and network administrators (Sørensen, 2004), deliberative practitioners (Forester, 1999), boundary spanners (Pautz & Schnitzer, 2008; Williams, 2002), advocacy planners (Davidoff, 1965), and innovators inside government (Considine & Lewis, 2007)...

    Jan Olssonet al. Theorizing Inside Activism: Understanding Policymaking and Policy Chan...

    • ...However, it is also possible for policy learning to take place within a country (Baumgartner and Jones 1993)...

    Brennan K. Berget al. Regulating the emerging: a policy discourse analysis of mixed martial ...

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