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John W. Kingdon

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How do Issues Get on Public Policy Agendas?
How do issues get on public policy agendas?
JohnW.Kingdon

The purpose of this chapter is to provide some context to other studies of agenda-setting. It discusses both a context of governmental institutions and a context of theory within which one might better understand the setting of public policy agendas. I come to this task not as a sociologist, but as a political scientist who has spent the bulk of his career studying governmental institutions and trying to understand legislative processes and the formation of public policies by governmental officials.

Let's first understand how I will use words. I take a governmental agenda to be a list of subjects or problems to which governmental officials and those close to them are ...

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