Towards a General Micro-Level Theory of Agenda-Setting: How Preferences, Information, and Institutions Drive Legislative Agenda Setting
Posted: 30 Aug 2009 Last revised: 10 Sep 2009
Date Written: August 28, 2009
This paper demonstrates that by fusing the insights of Agenda Researchers working in the American tradition with those associated with the Comparative Manifesto Project (CMP), empirically valuable insights can be gained about the policy agenda-setting process. Most key, that information flows that are so important to agenda researchers actually interact with the preferences of key political actors which are so important to the CMP view. We verify these claims using the only data set currently appropriate for examining these claims drawing on the Belgian Agenda project's data on parliamentary questions, party manifestos, media attention, and institutional factors.
Keywords: Agenda Setting, Legislative Studies, Policy Making
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