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Policy Domains: Organization, Culture, and Policy Outcomes

Paul Burstein
Annual Review of Sociology
Vol. 17 (1991), pp. 327-350
Published by: Annual Reviews
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2083346
Page Count: 24
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Abstract

Sociologists interested in politics have increasingly turned in recent years to the study of policy domains--components of the political system organized around substantive issues. This review focuses on the process leading to legislative enactment of policy change and assesses issues and findings in three aspects of the political process: agenda setting, the development of policy proposals, and the struggle for adoption of particular proposals. Quite a bit is known about adoption of proposals, but relatively little work has been done on agenda setting, and the task of understanding the development of policy proposals has barely begun. Policy change is affected most directly by formal organizations whose activities are channeled and given meaning by culture; government organizations play an active role in formulating policy and deciding how it will be implemented as well.

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