4 questions on "The Policy Cycle - Theories of Agenda-Setting - Introduction"

What is the definition of the public agenda?
The set of public problems, accepted in a society as undesirable situations that should be solved by governmental action
What is the definition of the policy agenda?
The set of public problems that are recognized by policy makers as an undesirable situation that should be addressed
What is a typical agenda setting process?
  • Tension between factual situations and perceived needs by people
  • Fuzzy problem definition (unclear definition of needs and facts)
  • Great variety of opinions
  • Who are involved?
  • Public has no means to solve the problem
What is subjective framing?
A problem is given a meaning by an actor, based on the values, beliefs, ideology, and interest of the actor
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