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Agendas and instability in American politics
When "Agendas and Instability in American Politics" appeared fifteen years ago, offering a profoundly original account of how policy issues rise and fall on the national agenda, the "Journal of
Lobbying and Policy Change: Who Wins, Who Loses, and Why
During the 2008 election season, politicians from both sides of the aisle promised to rid government of lobbyists' undue influence. For the authors of Lobbying and Policy Change, the most extensive
Agenda Dynamics and Policy Subsystems
Rapid change in public policy outcomes often occurs, but most theories of pluralism emphasize only incrementalism. Yet from a historical view, it can easily be seen that many policies go through long
Basic Interests: The Importance of Groups in Politics and in Political Science
A generation ago, scholars saw interest groups as the single most important element in the American political system. Today, political scientists are more likely to see groups as a marginal influence
Punctuated Equilibrium in Comparative Perspective
We explore the impact of institutional design on the distribution of changes in outputs of governmental processes in the United States, Belgium, and Denmark. Using comprehensive indicators of
Interest Niches and Policy Bandwagons: Patterns of Interest Group Involvement in National Politics
Using data from more than 19,000 reports filed under the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995, we analyze the distribution of lobbying on a random sample of 137 issues and find a tremendous skewness. The
From There to Here: Punctuated Equilibrium to the General Punctuation Thesis to a Theory of Government Information Processing
In this introduction to the Policy Study Journal’s special issue on punctuated equilibrium, we provide an overview of the approach, how it evolved, some of the major critiques directed at it, and
The Politics of Attention: How Government Prioritizes Problems
On any given day, policymakers are required to address a multitude of problems and make decisions about a variety of issues, from the economy and education to health care and defense. This has been
A General Empirical Law of Public Budgets: A Comparative Analysis
We examine regularities and differences in public budgeting in comparative perspective. Budgets quantify collective political decisions made in response to incoming information, the preferences of