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

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Stefaan Walgrave

University of Antwerp

Rens Vliegenthart

University of Amsterdam

Brandon C. Zicha

University of Antwerp; Free University of Amsterdan

Date Written: August 28, 2009

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Walgrave, Stefaan and Vliegenthart, Rens and Zicha, Brandon C., Towards a General Micro-Level Theory of Agenda-Setting: How Preferences, Information, and Institutions Drive Legislative Agenda Setting (August 28, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1463182

Stefaan Walgrave

University of Antwerp ( email )

Rens Vliegenthart

University of Amsterdam ( email )

Spui 21
Amsterdam, 1018 WB
Netherlands

Brandon C. Zicha (Contact Author)

University of Antwerp ( email )

Prinsstraat 13
Antwerp, Antwerp 2000
Belgium

Free University of Amsterdan ( email )

De Boelelaan 1105
Amsterdam, ND North Holland 1081 HV
Netherlands

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