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Policy Dynamics

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ISBN-10: 0226039412

ISBN-13: 9780226039411

Edition: 2002

Authors: Frank R. Baumgartner, Bryan D. Jones

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What causes stability or change in the political system? What role do political institutions play in this process? To investigate these questions, this text draws on data compiled for policy issues in the US, spanning the past half-century.
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List price: $34.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 6/15/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

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.

Preface
List of Contributors
Theoretical Beginnings
Positive and Negative Feedback in Politics
Studying Policy Dynamics
Multidimensionality and Punctuated Equilibrium in Public Policy
The Logic of Positive Feedback: Telecommunications Policy through the Creation, Maintenance, and Destruction of a Regulated Monopoly
The Multiple and Changing Goals of Immigration Reform: A Comparison of House and Senate Activity, 1947-1993
Multiple Topics, Multiple Targets, Multiple Goals, and Multiple Decision Makers: Congressional Consideration of Comprehensive Health Care Reform
The Multiple Goals of Science and Technology Policy
The Changing Focus of National Security Policy
The Coevolution of the Issues and Structures of American Politics
The Changing Public Agenda over the Postwar Period
Omnibus Legislation: An Institutional Reaction to the Rise of New Issues
New Issues, New Members: Committee Composition and the Transformation of Issue Agendas on the House Banking and Public Works Committees
Using Bills and Hearings to Trace Attention in Congress: Policy Windows in Health Care Legislating
The Changing Agendas of Congress and the Supreme Court
Conclusions
Punctuations, Ideas, and Public Policy
Complete List of Topics and Subtopics Used in the Policy Agendas Project
Complete List of Topics and Subtopics Used by OMB
United States Supreme Court Judicial Data Base Codes Used by Spaeth
Linking the Policy Agenda Topic Codes with Those Used by Spaeth
References
Index