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Political agenda setting

Peter Knoepfel, Corinne Larrue, Frédéric Varone and Michael Hill

in Public policy analysis

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9781861349071
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303121 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861349071.003.0007
Political agenda setting

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This chapter presents the various phases and questions concerning policy agenda setting. It discusses the process whereby a social problem is identified and then ‘thematicised’ as a public problem as well as the different characteristics of agenda setting. It notes that the political definition of the public problem constitutes, in effect, the first product that the analyst must study when discussing the cycle of public intervention in the context of an empirical study. It examines the general definition and operationalization of the concept of ‘public problem’. It determines the agenda-setting processes on the basis of the strategies of the actors involved, their resources, and the institutional rules that frame this first stage.

Keywords: political agenda setting; public problem; public intervention; empirical study; actors; institutional rules

Chapter.  9220 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Organizations

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