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The Great Broadening: How the Vast Expansion of the Policymaking Agenda Transformed American Politics

Bryan D. Jones, Sean M. Theriault, and Michelle Whyman

Abstract

In The Great Broadening: How the Vast Expansion of the Policymaking Agenda Transformed American Politics, we document the expansion of the national policy agenda and its effects on modern governance. Beginning in the mid-1950s, peaking in the late 1970s, and declining afterward, the United States experienced a vast expansion in the national policy-making agenda. We call this burst the Great Broadening because government got larger, not by doing more of what it was already doing but by getting involved in new issues. We suggest that the downstream effects of the expansion of the scope of the fe ... More

Keywords: broadening, thickening, public policy, Congress, agenda

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226625805
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226626130.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bryan D. Jones, author
University of Texas at Austin

Sean M. Theriault, author
University of Texas at Austin

Michelle Whyman, author
Duke University