Agenda-Setting in the European Union (Palgrave studies in by S. Princen

By S. Princen

Why does the ecu take care of a few matters yet now not others? this is often the principal query of this publication devoted to agenda-setting procedures within the ecu. via a comparability of european and US coverage agendas and the research of 4 case reviews in environmental and future health coverage, this booklet bargains a brand new realizing of the way coverage concerns come onto the ecu schedule.

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The literature on domestic agenda-setting forms a good starting point for identifying potentially relevant factors in this process of placing an issue onto the agenda. Below, it will be argued that the main insights of this literature can be summarized in three key concepts: conflict expansion, issue framing and institutional opportunities and constraints. Subsequently, these three concepts will be applied to the EU, showing how they can be used to explain agenda-setting. In doing so, it will be shown that the insights derived from domestic political systems require modification in order to fit the specific (institutional) characteristics of the EU.

In the example above, health care specialists will have an automatic professional interest in the quality of health care, while people with ill friends and family will also be triggered by claims that the quality of health care systems is not up to par. By contrast, for people who are not confronted with health issues in their professional or personal lives, it will be much less self-evident that they should be interested, let alone be actively involved, in a political Understanding Agenda-Setting Dynamics 33 struggle to reform health care.

This in turn may induce decision-makers to take up the issue for consideration and, in the end, decision-making. The process of conflict expansion has been analysed in greater depth by Cobb and Elder, who claim as a general ‘rule’ of agenda-setting that ‘the greater the size of the audience to which an issue can be enlarged, the greater the likelihood that it will attain systemic agenda standing and thus access to a formal agenda’ (Cobb and Elder 1972: 110). ), starting with groups that identify with one of the parties in a political conflict, via groups that are interested in specific issues and groups that are generally informed about and interested in political issues, to ‘the general public’.

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