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Political Agendas and Beliefs About the Scope of Government

Edeltraud Roller

in The Scope of Government

Published in print September 1998 | ISBN: 9780198294740
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598838 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198294743.003.0003

Series: Beliefs in Government

 Political Agendas and Beliefs About the Scope of Government

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Focuses on public expectations and demand for government services, at the specific level at which general expectations and desires are converted into specific political demands. The conversion of wants into demands—the politicization process—is the crucial point which determines whether such public input is relevant to the political process. The analysis involves two aspects of public perception: first, the issue of value changes that determine priorities on the political agenda; second, the evolving public consensus about the proper scope of government responsibility. These translate into two key theoretical dimensions of public concern—the range of issues over which government should exercise control, and the degree of control it should exercise over them.

Keywords: public demands; public expectations; public opinion; scope of government

Chapter.  11904 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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