Agendas and Instability in American Politics

ISBN-10: 0226039498
ISBN-13: 9780226039497
Edition: 2nd 2009
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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 6/2/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

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.

Frank R. Baumgartner is a highly respected political scientist with a long list of scholarly writings based on his research interests. He was born in 1958 and educated at the University of Michigan (B.A., 1980; M.A., 1983; Ph.D., 1986). Included in his works are political planning, political jurisdictions, legislative behavior, comparative politics, French politics, American national institutions, and research design and measurement. Two of Baumgartner's better known books are Agendas and Instability in American Politics (1993), an account of how public policies can change rapidly even in established institutions; and Survey Research and Membership in Voluntary Organizations (1988), a study of the political action of lobbying and interest groups. Basic Interests: The Importance of Groups in Politics and in Political Science written with Beth L. Leech, is a work that reviews books and articles about interest groups from 1940 to the present, and examines the methodology of political scientists. The authors conclude that in order to improve the methodology of political scientists better research questions are needed along with more attention to the context of group behavior. Baumgartner is a professor of Political Science at Texas A&M University.

List of Illustrations
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Introduction
Theoretical Beginnings
Punctuated Equilibria in Politics
Policy Images and Institutional Venues
Studying Agenda Change
Tracing Policy Change in America
The Construction and Collapse of a Policy Monopoly
Two Models of Issue Expansion
The Dynamics of Media Attention
Cities as a National Political Problem
Connecting Solutions to Problems: Three Valence Issues
Structural and Contextual Change in Politics
Interest Groups and Agenda-Setting
Congress as a Jurisdictional Battlefield
Federalism as a System of Policy Venues
Governing through Institutional Disruption
Agendas and Instability, Fifteen Years Later
Policy Subsystems, Puncuated Equilibrium, and Theories of Policy Change
Punctuated Equilibrium and Disruptive Dynamics
Appendix A
Appendix B
References
Index

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