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Artists of the PossibleGoverning Networks and American Policy since 1945$
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Matt Grossmann

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199967834

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199967834.001.0001

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Issue Politics and the Policy Process

Issue Politics and the Policy Process

(p.129) Chapter 5 Issue Politics and the Policy Process
Artists of the Possible

Matt Grossmann

Oxford University Press

The chapter argues that the longstanding effort to categorize policy areas based on their types of politics is unhelpful. The most important factors in the policy process are broadly consistent across issue areas, but each area is somewhat distinct in the venues where policies are enacted, the frequency and type of policy development, the relative importance of different circumstantial factors in policy change, the composition of participants in policymaking, and the structure of governing networks. The differences cannot be summarized by existing typologies because they are not reducible to a few dimensions or categories. The politics of each issue area stand out in a few important but unrelated aspects: issue area differences are best viewed as exceptions to general patterns. These differences do not add up to distinct policymaking types.

Keywords:   issue areas, policy domains, typologies, policy process, policy networks, governance, policymaking

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