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Agenda-setting in the European Union /
Sebastiaan Princen.
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Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, c2009.
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x, 203 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0230220533, 9780230220539
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imprint
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, c2009.
isbn
0230220533
9780230220539
catalogue key
7139698
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Sebastiaan Princen is Associate Professor in the School of Governance, Utrecht University, the Netherlands. He holds an MA in public administration and public policy studies from the University of Twente and a PhD from Utrecht University. His research interests focus on policy making processes in the European Union and other international organizations.
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Appeared in Choice on 2010-03-01:
Agenda setting, the processes by which issues rise or disappear on agendas, has received considerable attention in the research literature since the 1960s. While prominent in analyses of country-based policy making, an application of agenda-setting in the context of international organizations remains rare. Princen (Utrecht Univ., Netherlands), using qualitative and quantitative approaches and offering a well-written and sound analysis, uses agenda setting to understand the dynamic conditions by which issues rise on the agenda of the EU over time and to understand recurring policy issues and agenda biases in the EU. Proceeding from the agenda of transnational policy networks to the governmental and decision agenda of the EU, Princen argues that policy issues are discussed in national, supranational, and global political institutions and, as indicated by the EU's involvement in health issues, reflect power over policy choices and control over the agenda. Moreover, the methodological implications of agenda setting bridge the empirical gaps created by the prominent intergovernmental and neofunctional models of integration. Finally, critics of supranational government who claim that the EU agenda is dominated by neoliberalism rather than social responsiveness can uncover policy biases through the effects of agenda setting. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduate, graduate, and research collections. A. E. Wohlers Cameron University
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"Princen, using qualitative and quantitative approaches and offering a well-written and sound analysis, uses agenda setting to understand the dynamic conditions by which issues rise on the agenda of the EU over time." -- CHOICE
"Princen, using qualitative and quantitative approaches and offering a well-written and sound analysis, uses agenda setting to understand the dynamic conditions by which issues rise on the agenda of the EU over time." --CHOICE
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Summaries
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Why does the EU deal with some issues but not others? This is the central question of this book. Through a comparison of EU & US policy agendas & the analysis of four case studies in environmental & health policy, this book offers a new understanding of how policy issues come onto the EU agenda.
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This book analyzes policy agendas and agenda-setting processes in the European Union, focusing on the fields of environmental and health policy
Long Description
Why does the European Union deal with some issues but not with others? Answering this question is crucial if we are to understand how the EU makes policies and what kind of political system the EU is. This book engages with the processes that shape the EU's political agenda through a systematic analysis of EU agendas in the fields of environmental and health policy. Applying an innovative methodology to trace the attention for issues in policy documents, it analyzes the development of EU agendas over the past three decades and compares them with agendas in the United States. In addition, it offers a theoretically grounded and empirically rich account of the processes that drive the formation of policy agendas in the EU through the in-depth analysis of four case studies. Presenting original research in an accessible format, it will be of interest to scholars as well as advanced undergraduate and graduate students in the fields of European integration and policy studies.
Main Description
Palgrave Studies In European Union Politics publishes innovative research monographs on all topics of significance concerning the nature and operation of the European Union. It includes contributions from a range of disciplines to reflect the growing importance of the EU as a political, economic and social phenomenon. Why does the European Union deal with some issues but not with others? Answering this question is crucial if we are to understand how the EU makes policies and what kind of political system the EU is. This book engages with the processes that shape the EU's political agenda through a systematic analysis of EU agendas in the fields of environmental and health policies. Applying an innovative methodology to trace the attention for issues in policy documents, it analyses the development of EU agendas over the past three decades and compares them with agendas in the United States. In addition, it offers a theoretically grounded and empirically rich account of the processes that drive the formation of policy agendas in the EU through the in-depth analysis of four case studies. Presenting original research in an accessible format, it will be of interest to scholars as well as advanced undergraduate and graduate students in the fields of European integration and policy studies. Book jacket.
Main Description
Why does the EU deal with some issues but not others? This is the central question of this book dedicated to agenda-setting processes in the EU. Through a comparison of EU and US policy agendas and the analysis of four case studies in environmental and health policy, this book offers a new understanding of how policy issues come onto the EU agenda.
Table of Contents
List of Figuresp. vii
List of Tablesp. viii
Prefacep. ix
Studying Policy Agendas in the EUp. 1
The challenge of agenda-settingp. 1
Why study EU agenda-setting?p. 3
Three central themesp. 8
The main argumentp. 15
Plan of this bookp. 16
Understanding Agenda-Setting Dynamicsp. 19
What are policy agendas?p. 19
Two perspectives on issue formationp. 23
Agenda-setting in domestic politics: Conflict expansion, framing and institutionsp. 31
Agenda-setting dynamics in the EUp. 36
Factors and processes in EU agenda-settingp. 42
Assessing Agendas and Agenda Dynamicsp. 44
The choice of health and environmental policiesp. 44
Assessing agendasp. 47
Case studies: Selection and designp. 53
From methods to empiricsp. 56
The Evolution of EU Policy Agendas in Comparative Perspectivep. 57
Charting the development of EU agendasp. 57
Overall attention for health and environmental issuesp. 60
Environmental issues in the EU and the USp. 62
Health issues in the EU and the USp. 69
Explaining EU receptiveness to health and environmental issuesp. 76
Starting from Scratch: Moving New Issues onto the EU Agendap. 80
The rise of public health issues on the EU agendap. 80
Anti-smoking policy in the EUp. 82
Alcoholism policy in the EUp. 90
The dynamics of agenda expansion in EU health policyp. 98
A Bridge Too Far? The Limits of EU Agenda Expansionp. 102
Health care issues on the EU agendap. 102
Health care systems and the reform debate in Europep. 104
The EU and the reform of health systemsp. 110
The limits of agenda expansion in EU health policyp. 123
Changing the Tune: Agenda-Setting Dynamics around Recurring Policy Issuesp. 127
EU fisheries policy as a recurring issuep. 127
The creation of a CFPp. 129
'Greening' the CFPp. 136
Agenda change in EU fisheries policyp. 147
Reflections on EU Agenda-Settingp. 151
Understanding the rise of issues on the EU agendap. 151
Agenda-setting and policymaking in the EUp. 156
Agenda-setting and European integrationp. 159
Bias and responsiveness in EU policy agendasp. 163
List of Interviewsp. 169
Policy Agendas Topics Coding Schemep. 171
Notesp. 174
Referencesp. 176
Indexp. 195
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