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The Construction of EU Policy Agendas in Comparative Perspective: Agenda dynamics in EU and US health and environmental policies

Princen, Sebastiaan. (2007) The Construction of EU Policy Agendas in Comparative Perspective: Agenda dynamics in EU and US health and environmental policies. In: UNSPECIFIED, Montreal, Canada. (Unpublished)

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    Abstract

    Since ‘organization is the mobilization of bias’, as Schattschneider famously put it, we may expect policy agendas to be affected by the institutional set-up of political systems. Comparisons between different political systems may tell us more about how institutional frameworks affect agenda dynamics. In this paper, I will compare policy agendas in the fields of health and environmental policy in the EU and the US over the past 30 years, using Baumgartner and Jones' policy agendas coding scheme. The institutional frameworks governing policymaking processes in these two political systems are quite different, arguably leading to different agenda dynamics in terms of actors and decision-making processes. In the field of health policy, this indeed leads to widely differing agenda outcomes. In the field of environmental policy, however, the EU and the US show striking similarities in terms of the types of issues that have topped the agenda in the past three decades. This suggests that, under certain conditions, different institutional frameworks and agenda dynamics may lead to similar agenda outcomes.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-US
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > public health policy
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > institutional development/policy > historical development of EC (pre-1986)
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > environmental policy (including international arena)
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series: UNSPECIFIED
    ["eprint_fieldname_eusries" not defined]: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 2007 (10th), May 17-19, 2007
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2008
    Page Range: p. 36
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:51
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/8008

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