By B. Guy Peters

Vital additions to this 10th version contain accelerated discussions of coverage tools, the demanding situations for public policymakers awarded via the continued gridlock in Washington, the cheap Care Act, greater schooling investment, reproductive rights, and homosexual rights. New assurance of fracking controversies, race and racial profiling, and the legalization of marijuana retains scholars brand new with contemporary coverage debates and matters. New to this version: *The 10th variation contains accelerated and up to date discussions of *policy tools; *gridlock in Washington and the demanding situations for public coverage makers; *continuing responses to the 2008 fiscal hindrance; *the cheap Care Act; *higher schooling investment and the scholar debt trouble; *reproductive rights; and *gay rights. *New to the quantity is a evaluate of fracking controversies and attendant alterations in strength rules, problems with race and racial profiling in legislation enforcement coverage, and the legalization of marijuana. *Updated tables and charts make sure scholars have entry to the newest facts within the box and new photographs illustrate small print.

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The idea of "issue networks;' involving large numbers of interested parties with substantial expertise in the policy area, is now said to be descriptive of policymaking. As important as these issue networks may be in the recruitment of personnel and in providing expertise, they remain an addendum to the underlying structure of subsystems. American government, although originally conceptualized as divided vertically by level of government, is now better understood as divided horizontally into a number of expert and functional policy subsystems.

Unfortunately, however, these are largely speculations, as the kind of detailed work necessary to track issues as they move on to and off of agendas has yet to be done. From Problem to Issue: How to Get Problems on the Agenda The nature of the problems themselves will have an influence on their being 45 PART TWO: MAKING PUBLIC POLICY accepted as part of the agenda. A number of aspects of problems can affect their chances of becoming a part of the agenda. The Effects of the Problem The first aspect of a problem that may influence its placement on an agenda is whom it affects and how much.

Agencies must compete for legislative time and for budgets; committees must compete for attention for their particular concerns; and individual congressmen must compete for consideration of their favorite legislation. 44 Agenda Setting and Public Policy One interesting question arises about the state-centric agenda-setting process: What are the relative powers of bureaucratic and legislative actors in defining the agenda? 14 The authors of the study argue that congressmen, acting from a desire to be reelected or from a sincere interest in certain policy problems, have been the source of most new items on the federal agenda.

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