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Agenda Setting in Comparative Perspective

Agenda Setting in Comparative Perspective

Frank R. Baumgartner, Richard J. Richardson Distinguished Professor of Political Science at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

It has been more than 50 years since the discipline was split by the difficulty of studying “power” and “influence.” Writers such as E. E. Schattschneider (1960) and Peter Bachrach and Morton Baratz (1962) brought our attention to the scope of conflict and those issues kept off the agenda as fundamental strategies of political control. Schattschneider wrote that the struggle over what to fight about was the most fundamental political conflict of all. Bachrach and Baratz noted that if political debate could be restricted only to those issues that were comparatively innocuous to those in power, we could have the appearance of democratic debate and pluralism inside an elitist structure…

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Perspectives on Politics / Volume 14 / Issue 02 / June 2016, pp 456-460 / Copyright © American Political Science Association 2016