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The Relationship between Public Opinion and Policy

Christopher Wlezien and Stuart N. Soroka

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Behavior

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780199270125
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199270125.003.0043

Series: OXFORD HANDBOOKS POL SCIENCE SERI OHPS C

 The Relationship between Public Opinion and Policy

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This article provides a review of the empirical literature testing a general model where policy is considered as a function of public preferences. It considers the mechanics by which the preferences are converted to policy along with the extensions of the basic model. In this article, public opinion is used as an independent variable, and is considered as an important driver of public policy change. Opinion is reconsidered as a dependent variable, especially its responsiveness to policy change.

Keywords: empirical literature; general model; public preferences; policy; public opinion; public policy change; opinion

Article.  8779 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Comparative Politics ; Public Policy

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