Agendas, Alternatives, and Public Policies, Update Edition, with an Epilogue on Health Care, 2nd Edition
©2011 |Pearson | Available
John W. Kingdon
©2011 |Pearson | Available
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.
“Kingdon’s book is an outstanding teaching tool about the policy process. I have used it in my undergraduate and graduate public policy seminars since its first publication and found it to be fresh and interesting to the students, always generating lively discussion about how issues get on the agenda.”
–from James A. Thurber’s Foreword
This edition features a new epilogue, "Health Care Reform from Clinton to Obama," to improve understanding of agenda setting, policy formation, and the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2010.
"Health Care Reform from Clinton to Obama," builds on, reinforces, and expands on Kingdon’s classic work by:
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
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