Setting City Agendas

Joshua Sapotichne and Bryan D. Jones

in The Oxford Handbook of Urban Politics

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780195367867
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Setting City Agendas

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This article, which analyzes models of policy agenda setting that mostly built and applied to national policymaking, both in the United States and abroad, suggests that the divergence in scholarship is detrimental to theorizing on city politics and policy, and to the understanding of agenda dynamics and policy change. It argues that the complex dance between institutional change and policy change which is so prevalent in national-level research on the policy process does not end at the city limits. The article also proposes a research strategy that may help refocus our understanding of urban politics and contribute profitably to theories of policy agenda setting.

Keywords: policy agenda setting; national policymaking; United States; city politics; policy change; institutional change; research strategy

Article.  12132 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy

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