Agendas, Alternatives, and Public Policies

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Longman, 2011 - Political Science - 273 pages
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Longman Classics in Political Science "In reissuing classic works in political science, Longman celebrates the contributions its authors and their research have made to the discipline. The new "Longman Classics in Political Science "series honors these authors and their work. Providing students with an updated context, each title in the series includes a new foreword, written by one of today s top scholars, offering fresh, in-depth analysis of the book and its enduring contributions." "" Kingdon s book is an outstanding teaching tool about the policy process. I have used it in my undergraduate and graduate public policy seminars since its first publication and found it to be fresh and interesting to the students, always generating lively discussion about how issues get on the agenda. from James A. Thurber s Foreword Kingdon s landmark work on agenda setting and policy formation is drawn from interview conducted with people in and around the U.S. federal government, and from case studies, government documents, party platforms, press coverage, and public opinion surveys. While other works examine how policy issues are decided, Kingdon s book was the first to consider how issues got to "be "issues. This enduring work attempts to answer the questions: How do subjects come to officials attention? How are the alternatives from which they choose generated? How is the governmental agenda set? Why does an idea s time come when it does? Longman is proud to announce that "Agendas, Alternatives, and Public Policies" has been reissued in this Longman Classics edition, featuring a new epilogue: Health Care Reform from Clinton to Obama. Comparing the Clinton administration in 1993 with the Obama administration in 2009 and 2010, Kingdon analyses how agenda setting, actors, and alternatives affect public policy."

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About the author (2011)

John W. Kingdon has taught political science at the University of Michigan since 1965 and is the author of numerous books.

James A. Thurber is University Distinguished Professor of Government and Founder and Director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University. In 2010, he won the Walter Beach Pi Sigma American Political Science Association Award for his work combining applied and academic research. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and a member of the American Bar Association's Task Force on Lobbying Law Reform. He is the author of multiple books and more than eighty articles and chapters on Congress, congressional-presidential relations, congressional budgeting, congressional reform, interest groups and lobbying, congressional ethics, and campaigns and elections. He co-produced three BBC TV documentaries on the US Congress and elections.

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