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The Politics of Information
Author: Frank R. Baumgartner

ISBN: 9780226198125
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 8 November 2014
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.8
Description:
How does the government decide what's a problem and what isn't? And what are the consequences of that process? Like individuals, Congress is subject to the paradox of search." If policy makers don't look for problems, they won't find those that need to be addressed. But if they carry out a thorough search, they will almost certainly find new problemsand with the definition of each new problem comes the possibility of creating a government program to address it.

With The Politics of Attention, leading policy scholars Frank R. Baumgartner and Bryan D. Jones demonstrated the central role attention plays in how governments prioritize problems. Now, withThe Politics of Information, they turn the focus to the problem-detection process itself, showing how the growth or contraction of government is closely related to how it searches for information and how, as an organization, it analyzes its findings. Better search processes that incorporate more diverse viewpoints lead to more intensive policymaking activity. Similarly, limiting search processes leads to declines in policy making. At the same time, the a...

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