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Agendas, Alternatives, and Public Policies, Update Edition, with an Epilogue on Health Care: Pearson New International Edition

Agendas, Alternatives, and Public Policies, Update Edition, with an Epilogue on Health Care: Pearson New International Edition

2nd Edition

John Kingdon

Nov 2013, Paperback, 240 pages
ISBN13: 9781292039206
ISBN10: 1292039205
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Kingdon’s landmark work on agenda setting and policy formation is drawn from interview conducted with people in and around the U.S. federal government, and from case studies, government documents, party platforms, press coverage, and public opinion surveys. While other works examine how policy issues are decided, Kingdon’s book was the first to consider how issues got to be issues. This enduring work attempts to answer the questions: How do subjects come to officials’ attention? How are the alternatives from which they choose generated? How is the governmental agenda set? Why does an idea’s time come when it does?

Longman is proud to announce that Agendas, Alternatives, and Public Policies has been reissued in this Longman Classics edition, featuring a new epilogue: Health Care Reform from Clinton to Obama. Comparing the Clinton administration in 1993 with the Obama administration in 2009 and 2010, Kingdon analyses how agenda setting, actors, and alternatives affect public policy.

CHAPTER 1. How Does an Idea’s Time Come?

CHAPTER 2. Participants on the Inside of Government

CHAPTER 3. Outside of Government, but Not Just Looking In

CHAPTER 4. Processes: Origins, Rationality, Incrementalism, and Garbage Cans

CHAPTER 5. Problems

CHAPTER 6. The Policy Primeval Soup

CHAPTER 7. The Political Stream

CHAPTER 8. The Policy Window, and Joining the Streams

CHAPTER 9. Wrapping Things Up

CHAPTER 10. Some Further Reflections

EPILOGUE. Health Care Reform in the Clinton and Obama Administrations

  • A unique approach to agenda setting shows students not only how policy issues are decided but how issues get on the agenda.
  • "Some Further Reflections" builds on Kingdon's original work to see how his methods and conclusions have stood up over time and to and to include more case studies: The Reagan Budget in 1981, The Tax Reform Act of 1986, and Health Care Reform during the Clinton Administration in 1993.
  • The New Epilogue, "Health Care Reform from Clinton to Obama", applies the text’s framework of problems, policies, and politics to analyze the complex process of reform.
  • The "Appendix on Methods" explains the research choices the author made and helps students understand how he analyzed the data he compiled to reach meaningful conclusions.