Agendas, Alternatives, and Public Policies (Longman Classics Edition)

John W. Kingdon


Agendas, Alternatives, and Public Policies (Longman Classics Edition)

Agendas, Alternatives, and Public Policies (Longman Classics Edition)

  • Title: Agendas, Alternatives, and Public Policies (Longman Classics Edition)
  • Author: John W. Kingdon
  • ISBN: 9780321121851
  • Page: 191
  • Format: Paperback



First published in 1984, this explanation of the policy making process in the United States described agenda setting as the ability to define the list of subjects to which government officials and those around them are paying serious attention Kingdon U of Michigan identifies three streams tha


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Had to read it for my capstone much closer to my diploma

Agenda setting, in the world of politics, is when a problem becomes identified as an issue that calls for government attention, discussion, and--possibly--decision making. This book is one of the most important works on agenda-setting. John Kingdon has stated that: Political events flow along according to their own dynamics and their own rules. Participants perceive swings in national mood, elections bring new administrations to power and new partisan or ideological distributions to Congress, an [...]

And, so it was another day in the reading of a doctoral student. I actually think it is a profound blueprint for how decisions are made in Washington. If you are an advocate or a member of a nonprofit organization, the information in this book is critical learning. And, I adore politics. It was good reading. But, let's face it, it isn't an Elizabeth George mystery novel.

I really enjoyed this book. Although I know that Sabatier and others contend that the Multiple Streams model does not quite meet their standards of a theory of the policy process, I thought this book had a lot to offer. The book is clear, well organised, interesting, and compelling. I think it provides an excellent foundation for anyone studying political science, public policy, or public administration. I also think it provides a useful heuristic, if not a theory or metatheoretical framework. K [...]

I very good synopsis of policy, problems, agendas, politics, etc. Useful for beginners embarking on their first forays into public policy!

Kingdon does a great job explaining the Agenda Setting portion of the policy cycle. If you're in a rush, you could get away with just reading chapter 9 (although chapter 8 after that would help). The whole book tends to be repetitive (and there aren't that many big ideas), and the concluding chapter does a good job of summing up the details.I quite enjoyed the epilogue, which looks at health care reform during the Clinton and Obama administrations, since the examples were more relevant and Kingd [...]

A good analysis and introduction to the policy process. It makes interesting arguments about the problems, policies and politics approach to policy making. I thought his discussion of actors, and their involvement in how an issue becomes relevant, and gains prominence, was important. I also felt like the discussion of the policy stream, policy windows, and framing, not to mention focusing events, as being instrumental in the theory behind policy making. It still seems like an amorphous process, [...]

Kingdon is a policy guru and this is a classic in the policy world. He outlines a model of agenda setting and policy formation based on Cohen, March, and Olsen's previously outlined "garbage can" model. Here's the short version: (1) Three relatively independent "streams" must coincide- problem identification, the generation of feasible alternatives (from a primeval soup of ideas floating around and interacting with each other), and a political atmosphere favorable for action, (2) at an opportune [...]

Supposedly this is a classic. I found it long-winded and crusted in two boring examples from the late seventies. However, it does convincingly get across its thesis that Washington politics is a complex machine not under any one person's control. He describes a model of "Agenda setting"->"Alternative specification"->"decision making"->"implementation" under which various political actors and random events have varying levels of influence. For the cynical, this book attributes to system [...]

This was assigned reading for one of my classes, but I really enjoyed it. It provides an interesting way of thinking about how our federal agenda is set, and the conditions necessary for any policy to take hold. It focuses on health care policy, and even though this book was written about case studies from the late 1970s, it is extremely reminiscent of everything that is happening currently in that arena. I recommend this book to anyone who is confused by our government's recent activities.

very interesting articulation of the complicated process and chance involved in moving issues to the public agenda and creating alternatives from which eventual policy is made. seemed much more familiar to me than the straightforward and logical schoolhouse rock progression of how a bill becomes a law.

I really enjoyed this, even if I had already encountered most of the same ideas previously when reading the excellent Agendas and Instability in American Politicsso I wasn't surprised that the updated edition referenced that work. I think this leans a little too heavily on the idea of policy "windows," but is still a thorough look at the various elements involved in agenda-setting.

Read for doctoral program. It's readable, although I agree with one of the reviewers on who said that this is a 40-page article that was stretched out by wordiness into a book. I think this would have made an excellent article. As a book, it was easy to scan which made it a fast read. Good information, however, and I'm interested to see what we do with it in class.

What you don't think this sounds fascinating?! Yes, it's for school.but very well written and an interesting take on how Washington works!

Exceptionally wordy and repetitive to say very little that is new

A fairly dry read, although apparently one of the most important books for the field.

I had this as a textbook in a grad public policy course. Highly recommended for policy wonks and those who want to know how good policies can be made. It's a classic (on 2nd edition).

A great book for those interested in Policy Development and why certain politcal agendas succeed and others fail.

Read pages 165-195, chapter 8: The Policy Window, and Joining the Streams.

Oh my god. Only read it if you have to. Dull dull dull dull dull.

Readable, interesting. Good original, longitudinal research on why some ideas flow in politics and others don't.

I hate this book.

A really great read. Kingdon gives his take on how policy in the US is made. The author presents his "streams model" of policy making, which is fairly intuitive.

He could have written this book in 40 pages and said the same thing, but overall, excellent presentation of how agendas are set

While it had some helpful examples, I'm not sure all the chapters were needed. Restating the same pint over and over is not helpful.

Easy to read and a great book on agenda setting.


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