Agenda (Political Science)

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  • The goals of an organization, in relation to the political issues that form the primary focus of its debate and subsequent action. Government bodies, nongovernmental agencies, and special-interest groups possess agendas that highly influence U.S. politics. What determines our nation's political agenda is debatable. Lobbyists and special interest groups compete for a politician's time and attention in an effort to “push” their agendas. In addition, lawmakers and party officials struggle to get their concerns addressed by federal, state, or local legislatures. The mass media also play a central role in furthering the issues that will be of concern to constituents.

    Political agenda is also the term used when an individual or individuals manipulate a situation in an effort to enhance their political position. When one's political ...

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