Bias In Agenda Setting
Is There a Bias in Agenda Setting?
Can you connect agenda, bias, politics, and power? Making these associations is the goal of this
Recall the classic definition of politics by Harold Lasswell (1958): Who gets what, when, a
Week 8: Public Opinion
Why Public Opinion?
Representation means acting in a manner responsive to the
represented. The representative must not be found persistently at
odds with the wishes of the represented without good reason. (Hanna
The Policy Stream
Schneider/Ingram: Social Construction of Target Populations
Their theory contends that social constructions influence the policy agenda and
the selection of policy tools, as well as the rationales that legitimate policy
The Problem Stream: Problem Definition, Agenda Setting and the Winnowing of
Stone, Part III
Problem definition is never simply a mater of defining goals and measuring our distance
from them. It is a matter of representation because ev
Week 5: Policy Entrepreneurs Outside the Policy Process
Role of ideas
o Ideas are the very stuff of politics. People fight about ideas, fight for
them, and fight against the Moreover, people fight with ideas as well as
about them (Stone, pp. 32-34)
Week 4: Policy Entrepreneurs:
Players in the Policy Process
Who are the players?
o President and the Executive Bureaucracy
o The Courts
o Interest Groups
o Political Consultants
Morris Fiorina Congress: Keystone of the Washing
Lecture Notes: Week 2
We need a more systematic way of looking at public policy making in the U.S.
that really takes into account the intricacies of the process.
Kingdon book focuses on agenda setting, but really its about more than that
o Because whats c
Lecture Notes: Week 1
Key questions for the Course
1. What is public policy?
2. How is it determined?
3. How can we come to understand it?
4. Why is it important?
What is public policy?
Public policy as Government activity or in-activity (Theoloudou)
The Scope of Public Policy
The most poignant and compelling anecdote that I can offer to appreciate the ubiquity of
government occurred in 1978 when I accepted an invitation to speak at a meeting of the City
Wide Block Association in Jersey City, New Jers
Week 9: Interest Groups in American Politics
Views of Interest Groups/Factions
James Madison, Federalist Papers
The causes of faction are sown in the nature of man.
Saw the need to limit the negative effects of faction by promoting competition