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Agendas, Alternatives, and Public Policy, by John W. Kingdon

Agendas, Alternatives, and Public Policy, by John W. Kingdon BOOK REVIEWS | 165 cupied with the presidency. This book demonstra tes the rewards tha t awai tus if this preoccupation can be transcended. Gerald Benjamin The Rockefeller Institute Agendas, Alternatives and , Public Policy by John W. Kingdon. Boston, Little, Brown & Co., 1984. 240 pp. $9.95 This book’s chief objective is to discove r how and why policy issues rise and fall from the U.S. government ’s agenda Ki . ngdon defines the agenda as “the list of subjects to which governme nt officials and those around them are paying serious attention ” (p. 4). This is equivalent to wha tother shave called the “institutional ” agenda, in contra st to the “systemic ” agenda, which includes subjects tha t do not crystallize into public issues. Be­ cause of its focus on the institutional agend a, this book misses an opportunit y to directly challenge critics of pluralist theory who focus on the discrepanc ies between these two types of agendas in order to demonstrat tha e tsome issues and groups ar e systematicall y excluded from the politica lprocess. Or, as E. E. Schattschneider put it in The Semi­ Sovereign People, “the flaw in the pluralist http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Political Science Quarterly Oxford University Press

Agendas, Alternatives, and Public Policy, by John W. Kingdon

Political Science Quarterly , Volume 100 (1): 2 – Mar 15, 1985

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1985 The Academy of Political Science
ISSN
0032-3195
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1538-165X
DOI
10.2307/2150882
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BOOK REVIEWS | 165 cupied with the presidency. This book demonstra tes the rewards tha t awai tus if this preoccupation can be transcended. Gerald Benjamin The Rockefeller Institute Agendas, Alternatives and , Public Policy by John W. Kingdon. Boston, Little, Brown & Co., 1984. 240 pp. $9.95 This book’s chief objective is to discove r how and why policy issues rise and fall from the U.S. government ’s agenda Ki . ngdon defines the agenda as “the list of subjects to which governme nt officials and those around them are paying serious attention ” (p. 4). This is equivalent to wha tother shave called the “institutional ” agenda, in contra st to the “systemic ” agenda, which includes subjects tha t do not crystallize into public issues. Be­ cause of its focus on the institutional agend a, this book misses an opportunit y to directly challenge critics of pluralist theory who focus on the discrepanc ies between these two types of agendas in order to demonstrat tha e tsome issues and groups ar e systematicall y excluded from the politica lprocess. Or, as E. E. Schattschneider put it in The Semi­ Sovereign People, “the flaw in the pluralist

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Published: Mar 15, 1985

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