Policy Dynamics

Policy Dynamics While governmental policies and institutions may remain or less the same for years they can also change suddenly and unpredictably in response to new political agendas and crises What causes stabilit

  • Title: Policy Dynamics
  • Author: Frank R. Baumgartner Bryan D. Jones
  • ISBN: 9780226039411
  • Page: 221
  • Format: Paperback
  • While governmental policies and institutions may remain or less the same for years, they can also change suddenly and unpredictably in response to new political agendas and crises What causes stability or change in the political system What role do political institutions play in this process To investigate these questions, Policy Dynamics draws on the most extensiveWhile governmental policies and institutions may remain or less the same for years, they can also change suddenly and unpredictably in response to new political agendas and crises What causes stability or change in the political system What role do political institutions play in this process To investigate these questions, Policy Dynamics draws on the most extensive data set yet compiled for public policy issues in the United States Spanning the past half century, these data make it possible to trace policies and legislation, public and media attention to them, and governmental decisions over time and across institutions Some chapters analyze particular policy areas, such as health care, national security, and immigration, while others focus on institutional questions such as congressional procedures and agendas and the differing responses by Congress and the Supreme Court to new issues.Policy Dynamics presents a radical vision of how the federal government evolves in response to new challenges and the research tools that others may use to critique or extend that vision.

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    1. Frank Baumgartner and Bryan Jones have written one of the more interesting books on political change, "Agendas and Instability in American Politics," in which they use the metaphor of punctuated equilibrium theory from biology to explain the norm of stasis in policy discourse, punctuated by periods of dramatic change to a new equilibrium. This edited work serves as a nice follow up to that earlier, estimable volume. The authors note that this work explores (page 1) "some long-term trends in the [...]

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