Going the Slow or the Fast Agenda-Setting Track: Inter-Agenda Dynamics in Belgium
31 Pages Posted: 19 Jul 2010 Last revised: 15 Sep 2010
Date Written: 2010
In the paper, we assess the relationships between a whole range of policy agenda’s in Belgium. Theoretically, we argue for a distinction between a fast track of agenda setting, that runs from media and protest via parliament to legislation and government decisions, and a slow track of agenda setting, that goes from party manifestoes via the government agreement to the budget. Multivariate time series analyses for the period 1993-2000 provide ample evidence for especially the fast track of agenda setting, while additionally, several relationships between agenda’s across the two tracks are identified.
Keywords: agenda setting, Belgium, time series
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