Comparative Studies of Policy Agendas

Journal of European Public Policy Vol 13, number 7, September 2006

Editors: Frank R. Baumgartner, Christoffer Green-Pedersen, and Bryan D. Jones

(Also published as Comparative Studies of Policy Agendas, ed. Frank R. Baumgartner, Christoffer Green-Pedersen, and Bryan D. Jones, Routledge, 2008)



This special issue brings together a range of studies by European and American scholars using both qualitative and quantitative approaches to study agenda-setting and policy dynamics. The studies range from single-country cases to multi-national comparisons, and the methods range from intensive qualitative case studies to highly statistical treatments. All have in common reference to punctuated equilibrium theories of policy change.

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Click on the papers below to see the May 2006 versions of each contribution. (Please note: these are the versions submitted to the publisher for copy-editing. Therefore, slight differences in wording may occur between this and the published version. Please do not cite these versions as wording and pagination changes have occurred between these drafts and the final printed version.)


Frank R. Baumgartner, Christoffer Green-Pedersen, and Bryan D. Jones. Comparative Studies of Policy Agendas

Peter John. The Policy Agendas Project: a Review

Sarah B. Pralle. Timing and Sequence in Agenda Setting and Policy Change: A Comparative Study of Lawn Care Pesticide Politics in Canada and the U.S.

Erin Penner, Kelly Blidook and Stuart Soroka. Legislative Priorities and Public Opinion: Representation of Partisan Agendas in the Canadian House of Commons

Stefaan Walgrave, Frédéric Varone, and Patrick Dumont. Policy with or without Parties? A Comparative Analysis of Policy Priorities and Policy Change in Belgium, 1991-2000

Christoffer Green-Pedersen and John Wilkerson. How Agenda-setting Attributes Shape Politics: Problem Attention, Agenda Dynamics and Comparative Health Policy Developments in the U.S. and Denmark

Peter John. Explaining Policy Change: The Impact of the Media, Public Opinion and Political Violence on Urban Budgets in England

Christian Breunig. The More Things Change, the More Things Stay the Same: A Comparative Analysis of Budget Punctuations

Frank R. Baumgartner, Abel Francois, and Martial Foucault. Punctuated Equilibrium in the French Budgeting Process

Arco Timmermans and Peter Scholten. The Political Flow of Wisdom: Science Institutions as Policy Venues in The Netherlands

Sebastiaan Princen and Mark Rhinard. Crashing and Creeping: Agenda Setting Dynamics in the European Union