After Disaster: Agenda Setting, Public Policy, and Focusing Events

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Georgetown University Press, 1997 - Nature - 178 pages
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Examines how disasters like earthquakes, oil spills, and nuclear power plant accidents can act as focusing events "which cause both citizens and policymakers to pay more attention to a public problem and often to press for solutions...Explains how and why some public disasters change political agendas and, ultimately, public policies."--Back cover.

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Focusing Events Agenda Setting and
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STRANDS IN THE STUDY OF AGENDA SETTING 10 THE SPECIAL ROLE
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DEFINING POTENTIAL FOCUSING EVENTS 21 CANDIDATE EVENTS
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Thomas A. Birkland is an associate professor of public administration and policy and the director of the Center for Policy Research at the University at Albany, SUNY. He is the author of "After Disaster: Agenda Setting, Public Policy, and Focusing Events".

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