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Political Institutions, Policy Bias, and Policy Complexity

Sean D. Ehrlich

in Access Points

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199737536
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918645 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199737536.003.0001
Political Institutions, Policy Bias, and Policy Complexity

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This chapter introduces the main concepts discussed in the rest of the book, explains the contribution of the book to the relevant literatures in political science and economics, and provides a road map for the rest of the book. The chapter provides a succinct overview of what access points are and how Access Point Theory fits into a new trend in the study of institutions that identifies underlying features that can characterize multiple institutions. The chapter then describes the concepts of policy bias and policy complexity, explaining how these general concepts have been previously investigated and how Access Point Theory adds to our understanding of the policymaking process.

Keywords: democratic institutions; access points; policy bias; policy complexity

Chapter.  8452 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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