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Public policy analysis$
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Professor Peter Knoepfel

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781861349071

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861349071.001.0001

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Political agenda setting

Political agenda setting

Chapter:
(p.124) (p.125) Seven Political agenda setting
Source:
Public policy analysis
Author(s):

Peter Knoepfel

Corinne Larrue

Frédéric Varone

Michael Hill

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861349071.003.0007

This chapter presents the various phases and questions concerning policy agenda setting. It discusses the process whereby a social problem is identified and then ‘thematicised’ as a public problem as well as the different characteristics of agenda setting. It notes that the political definition of the public problem constitutes, in effect, the first product that the analyst must study when discussing the cycle of public intervention in the context of an empirical study. It examines the general definition and operationalization of the concept of ‘public problem’. It determines the agenda-setting processes on the basis of the strategies of the actors involved, their resources, and the institutional rules that frame this first stage.

Keywords:   political agenda setting, public problem, public intervention, empirical study, actors, institutional rules

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