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A new course on Agendas at IEP Bordeaux! PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 20 September 2010 13:54

A new class on agenda-setting has been created at the IEP Bordeaux by Sylvain Brouard. The syllabus is presented below:  

Agenda setting, issue definition and public policy

Monday, 9:45 – 11h15; Amphi Ellul

Sylvain Brouard

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The course will focus on the process of defining the content of the agendas – “agenda setting”

- and its effects. The power that stems from the ability to set the agenda is tremendous as the

agenda setter model exemplifies it by showing how variations in decision making rules may

affect policy outcomes. By allowing gate-keeping power to one agent for example, decision

making rules may particularly affect attention (and the lack of) to issues. Attention is at the

basis of agenda setting. In fact, more generally, beyond institutional rules, when no attention

is drawn on a specific social condition (AIDS, drought in a specific country, poverty,

excision, immigration, Islam, etc.) a (policy) change or action is unlikely. So some agents

may have incentives to push that specific social condition on the agenda to raise it as an issue

and conversely, some may want to block the agenda access. The way an issue is raised i.e

how the issue is defined, may increase or decrease attention and provide or not a compelling

argument. Moreover, where an issue is raised may determine its fate. Some institutional

venues are more sensitive to some issues or some issue definitions than others. So policy

entrepreneurs have incentives to venue-shopping. Nevertheless, attention is limited. So all

issues cannot be at the same time on the agendas. Thus, a specific pattern of agendas

evolution will be followed that as been described as punctuated equilibrium. The course will

explore in details the different analytical components of agenda setting (salience, priming,

framing, tone…). Several types of agendas will be analyzed as well as their interaction :

media agendas, public (opinion) agenda, policy agendas. The role and impact of the

strategies, opportunities and resources of several types of actors (media, politicians, interest

groups and social movement, etc.) will be discussed in the process of setting the agendas.

Finally how issues have risen and fallen on the political agendas over time will also be

analyzed in details using various examples (AIDS, tobacco, nuclear power, inflation…) from

different countries (USA, Canada, France, etc.).

 

Veuille cliquer ici pour télécharger le plan de cours complet.

 

Fall 2010

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