Policy Agendas in British Politics by P. JohnPolicy Agendas in British Politics by P. John

Policy Agendas in British Politics

byP. John, A. Bertelli, W. Jennings

Paperback | July 8, 2013

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Through a unique dataset covering half a century of policy-making in Britain, this book traces how topics like the economy, international affairs, and crime have changed in their importance to government. The data concerns key venues of decision-making - the Queen's Speech, laws and budgets – which are compared to the media and public opinion. These trends are conveyed through accessible figures backed up by a series of examples of important policies. As a result, the book throws new light on the key points of change in British politics, such as Thatcherism and New Labour and explores different approaches to agenda setting helping to account for these changes: incrementalism, the issue attention cycle and the punctuated equilibrium model. What results is the development of a new approach to agenda setting labelled focused adaptation whereby policy-makers respond to structural shifts in the underlying pattern of attention.
Peter John is Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, University College London, UK.Anthony Bertelli holds the C.C. Crawford Chair in Management and Performance, School of Policy, Planning and Development and the USC Gould School of Law, University of South Carolina, USA.Will Jennings is ESRC/ Hallsworth Research Fellow, Uni...
Title:Policy Agendas in British PoliticsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pagesPublished:July 8, 2013Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230390420

ISBN - 13:9780230390423

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements
1. The Policy Agenda and British Politics
2. Policy-Making and British Politics 
3. Measuring the Policy Agenda: Policy, Public and Media in Britain 
4. Change and Stability in Executive and Legislative Agendas
5. Policy Punctuations
6. Structural Shifts in British Political Attention
7. Public Opinion and the Policy Agenda
8. The Media
9. Budgets and Policy Implementation
10. Conclusion
List of Tables and Figures

Editorial Reviews

Policy Agendas in British Politics presents a novel overview of British politics and policy making across the past two generations. The authors carefully assess different depictions of the policy process, including incrementalism, partisan control theories, policy network theory, punctuated equilibrium, and the impact of particular leaders, and confront these theoretical approaches with a comprehensive and novel database constructed with painstaking work over the past many years. The result is a new understanding of the dynamics of British politics, one that tests rather than assumes the impact of such things as changes in Prime Ministerial leadership, external shocks, or institutional design. Further, the work allows the dynamics of British policy development to be put into a broad comparative perspective. The result of this impressive theoretical and empirical work is a new understanding of how the British government has evolved from 1945 to 2010. The impressive empirical work, combined with careful theorizing and attention to previous works of many types will guarantee a wide and well deserved audience in Britain and beyond. Frank R. Baumgartner, Department of Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA