Agendas and Windows of Opportunity
Michael Pillsbury had two ways to convince other players who, because of the effect of the proposal on their jurisdictions, would be entitled both to be consulted and to have an opportunity to appeal to a higher level to express any strong opposition to the Stinger missile proposal. But before taking any type of measure, he will want to assess how far he has to move each of them—how committed each has to be for Pillsbury's policy-choice purpose on this occasion. Take two different measures of “level of support” for a proposal. The first hurdle—crowded agendas—of Pillsbury is shown. The proposal could find its way easily onto the agenda of Representative Michael Feighan and Secretary of State Dean Rusk. Within weeks, in response to the unrelated need for proposals to help with the balance-of-payments problem, all the parties whose strong or weak support the rules required if one were to extend the life of the visas were prepared to address an issue they had previously ignored.
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