chapter  5
40 Pages

Agenda-Setting and Issue Definitions in Climate Change Policymaking

WithMatthew C. Nowlin

The policymaking agenda refers to the issues that are currently being considered by the environmental policymaking system, and agenda-setting refers to the process by which those issues gain attention. Agenda-setting occurs on two levels, with one level involving the various issues that could potentially be addressed, and a second level that involves the various attributes, or dimensions, of a particular issue. In addition, agenda-setting often involves framing, which is the manipulation of the various issue dimensions to change how the issue is understood. Chapter 5 uses an original data set of congressional hearings regarding climate change to explore the dynamics of agenda-setting and framing.