Agenda Setting, Policies, And Political Systems: A Comparative Approach

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EditorChristoffer Green-pedersen, Stefaan Walgrave

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Before making significant policy decisions, political actors and parties must first craft an agenda designed to place certain issues at the center of political attention. The agenda-setting approach in political science holds that the amount of attention devoted by the various actors within a political system to issues like immigration, health care, and the economy can inform our understanding of its basic patterns and processes. While there has been considerable attention to how political systems process issues in the United States, Christoffer Green-Pedersen and Stefaan Walgrave demonstrate the broader applicability of this approach by extending it to other countries and their political systems.

Agenda Setting and Political Attention brings together essays on eleven countries and two broad themes. Contributors to the first section analyze the extent to which party and electoral changes and shifts in the partisan composition of government have led—or not led—to policy changes in the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Denmark, Switzerland, and France. The second section turns the focus on changing institutional structures in Germany, Italy, Belgium, Spain, and Canada, including the German reunification and the collapse of the Italian party system. Together, the essays make clear the efficacy of the agenda-setting approach for understanding not only how policies evolve, but also how political systems function.

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Before making significant policy decisions, political actors and parties must first craft an agenda designed to place certain issues at the center of political attention. The agenda-setting approach in political science holds that the amount of attention devoted by the various actors within a political system to issues like immigration...

Christoffer Green-Pedersen is professor of political science at Aarhus University, Denmark, and coeditor of Dismantling Public Policy. Stefaan Walgrave is professor of political science at the University of Antwerp, Belgium, and coeditor of The World Says No to War.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:May 16, 2014Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface

1 Political Agenda Setting: An Approach to Studying Political Systems
Christoffer Green-Pedersen and Stefaan Walgrave

Part I Parties, Elections, and Policies

2 Party Politics and the Policy Agenda: The Case of the United Kingdom
Peter John, Shaun Bevan, and Will Jennings

3 Lawmaking and Agenda Setting in the United States, 1948–2010 36
Bryan D. Jones and Michelle C. Whyman

4 The Evolution of the French Political Space Revisited: Issue Priorities and Party Competition
Sylvain Brouard, Emiliano Grossman, and Isabelle Guinaudeau

5 Party-System Development in Denmark: Agenda-Setting Dynamics and Political Change
Christoffer Green-Pedersen

6 The Policy Agenda in Multiparty Government: Coalition Agreements and Legislative Activity in the Netherlands
Arco Timmermans and Gerard Breeman

7 Agenda Setting and Direct Democracy: The Rise of the Swiss People’s Party
Frédéric Varone, Isabelle Engeli, Pascal Sciarini, and Roy Gava

Part II Issue Priorities and Institutional Change

8 Content and Dynamics of Legislative Agendas in Germany
Christian Breunig

9 Strong Devolution but No Increasing Issue Divergence: Evolving Issue Priorities of the Belgian Political Parties, 1987–2010
Stefaan Walgrave, Brandon Zicha, Anne Hardy, Jeroen Joly, and Tobias Van Assche

10 The Impact of Party Policy Priorities on Italian Lawmaking from the First to the Second Republic, 1983–2006
Enrico Borghetto, Marcello Carammia, and Francesco Zucchini

11 Policy Promises and Governmental Activities in Spain
Laura Chaqués-Bonafont, Anna M. Palau, and Luz M. Muñoz Marquez

12 Diffusion of Policy Attention in Canada: Evidence from Speeches from the Th rone, 1960–2008
Martial Foucault and Éric Montpetit

13 Conclusion: What It Takes to Turn Agenda Setting from an Approach into a Theory
Christoffer Green-Pedersen and Stefaan Walgrave

Appendix
References
Notes on Contributors
General Index
Index of Cited Authors

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“Drawing on the political agenda-setting approach, Agenda Setting, Policies and Political Systems explores the dynamics of a broad range of policy issues in different countries. . . . The book reach[es] an important conclusion: the degree to which institutional and traditional political factors influence legislative activities varies across countries, although institutional factors seem to have little effect on average. . . . [The book] should be considered as not only an important scholarly contribution but also a helpful guide to those who are new to the political agenda-setting approach.”