Educ875_Agendas, Alternatives and Public Policies.pdf
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. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Read more Read less. Customers who viewed this item also viewed.
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It begins by summarizing what the book says about American public policy and looking at the interlocking innovations that made it so important. In particular, it analyses two political processes that differ from the better known aspects of politics: agenda-setting and alternative specification. It then turns its attention to the second conceptual innovation in Agendas : the three streams of policy, politics, and problems. The chapter also describes coupling and the window of opportunity as potentially the most theoretically difficult parts of the book. In addition, it discusses potential theoretical directions that would go beyond further replication of Agendas.
Actions or solutions to the status quo - Connected to the agenda and problems but not necessarily derived from them. Participant power differencein setting agenda and creating Participants are actively involved across processes. Visible Cluster For Instance: alternatives. Invisible Clusterbroken into 3 categories Processes are Generation public attention 1 little of Policy Proposals: Researchers, consultants and 1 problem recognition interest groupsGroups, Researchers, Consultants, Civil than the 2 Interest have more power over this process Servants 2 generation of policy proposals President orsignificant power over policy alternatives 3 have Congress. Problems -Does not explain when and idea takes off - can be used to analyze alternatives but not agendas. Politics Stream: Influencing the Agenda Problem Definition and Recognition: Note: existing programs can cause conflict of interest There is a difference between a condition and a problem - the former becomes Major factors: Policy-Darwinism the later through values, comparisons and categories 1 New Administration and turnover Emerging Ideas and Recombination 2 National Mood Gradual Encroachment of and idea from diverse sources Problems needQuestions of Jurisdiction 3 attention Softening-up the ground 1 4 Consensus building; logrolling, bargaining, strange bedfellows indicators 1 2 Trial balloons crisis 2 Education 3 focusing event or symbol 3 Advocacy 4 feedback Survival of interpretation and people Importance of the fittest: 1 Feasibility 2 Value Acceptability Why do problems fade: Solutions, Negative Feedback, Politically 3 Anticipation Dangerous, Budget 4 Bandwagon and Tipping. Policy Entrepreneurs: Bringing it all Together Found at any and all locations They invest time and resources to achieve their goals - claim a hearing, have connections, are persistent Responsible for coupling the streams: solutions to problems, proposals to political momentum, political events to policy problems.