Jean Monnet Module on Agenda-Setting in the European Union – ASEU Representative Agenda-Setting: How Public Opinion and Policy Promises Drive Agendas Dr. Shaun Bevan (University of Edinburgh) Shaun.Bevan@ed.ac.uk Description: Policy-making first takes form in the early stages of the political process and is often first made public through executive speeches, yet how public opinion affects each part of the policy-making process is only starting to be understood. While the content of these speeches and other agendas early on in the policymaking process appear to be heavily influenced by public priorities, later stages of the policy-making process, such as budgeting, are more often tied to public preferences. This lecture will focus on the differing effects of public priorities and public preferences on political agendas. It will further discuss the interrelationships between political agendas to open a discussion of how the public’s voice makes its way into policy. Readings Core Readings: Bevan, Shaun and Will Jennings. 2014. “Representation, Agendas and Institutions.” European Journal of Political Research, 53(1): 37-56.Lovett et al Jennings, Will and Christopher Wlezien “Preferences, Problems and Representation” Political Science Research Methods, forthcoming. 2015. Lovett, John, Shaun Bevan and Frank Baumgartner. “Popular Presidents Can Affect Congressional Attention, for a Little While.” Policy Studies Journal, forthcoming. 2015. Wlezien, Christopher. 1995. “The Public as Thermostat: Dynamics of Preferences.” American Journal of Political Science, 39(4): 981-1000. Further Readings Bevan, Shaun, Peter John and Will Jennings. 2011. “Keeping Party Programmes on Track: The Transmission of the Policy Agendas of Executive Speeches to Legislative Outputs in the United Kingdom.” European Political Science Review, 3(3): 395-417. Jones, Bryan D., Heather Larsen-Price, and John Wilkerson. 2009. “Representation and American Governing Institutions.” Journal of Politics 71: 277-290.
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