Jansson, B. S. (2018). Becoming an effective policy advocate: From policy practice to social justice. (8th ed.). Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning Series.
Chapter 6, “Committing to an Issue: Building Agendas” (pp. 176-203)
Assignment: Kingdon: Agendas, Alternatives, and Public Policies
Agenda building is often the first step in your policy practice tasks. Building a solid agenda may well determine the success of the development of a policy proposal and may also determine your success in placing an issue in front of a decision maker.
For this Assignment, you evaluate the accuracy of the Kingdon model of policymaking.
To prepare: Review Chapter 6 in your text, paying special attention to the section entitled “Three Challenges in Agenda Building.”
By Day 7
Submit a 2- to 3-page paper evaluating the accuracy of the Kingdon model in policymaking. Address the following:
- Discuss the three streams Kingdon has identified where problems originate, and provide your opinion on which one most accurately reflects how and why policies come about.
- Discuss the assertion that certain kinds of issues receive preferential treatment in problem solution and political streams.
- Discuss tactics that policy practitioners use within each of the three streams to increase the odds that a specific issue will be placed on decision agendas.
Make sure that your assertions are supported by appropriate research and reputable resources.