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1. Thomas, Herschel Fred III. Contagious agendas : the spread of issue attention in the policy process.

Degree: Government, 2015, University of Texas – Austin

This dissertation is a study of contagion effects in policymaking. The policy process behaves in many ways like a complex system, which is characterized by communication among actors, dynamic interaction, and evolution in behavior over time. As a result, the attention of policy elites rapidly jumps from issue to issue as they struggle to address an array of pressing issues and problems simultaneously. I argue that a process of issue contagion explains these rapid changes as policy elites are highly interdependent actors who are subject to cognitive limits, have incentives to closely monitor the political environment, and frequently mimic the behavior of their peers. Drawing on the methods of computational social science, I build a simulation model of agenda-setting behavior and examine issue contagion through an experimental research design. I test the empirical implications of the model by applying it to real-world datasets—from the disclosed lobbying activity of organized interests to the bill introductions of members of Congress. The core contribution of the project is that patterns in attention to policy issues are a function of a contagion process generated by cue-taking behavior among elites. Advisors/Committee Members: Jones, Bryan D. (advisor), Baumgartner, Frank R (committee member), Wlezien, Chris (committee member), Roberts, Brian E (committee member), Theriault, Sean M (committee member).

Subjects/Keywords: Agenda-setting; Contagion; Cue-taking; Policy process

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APA (6th Edition):

Thomas, H. F. I. (2015). Contagious agendas : the spread of issue attention in the policy process. (Thesis). University of Texas – Austin. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/2152/31452

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Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Thomas, Herschel Fred III. “Contagious agendas : the spread of issue attention in the policy process.” 2015. Thesis, University of Texas – Austin. Accessed February 19, 2019. http://hdl.handle.net/2152/31452.

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MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Thomas, Herschel Fred III. “Contagious agendas : the spread of issue attention in the policy process.” 2015. Web. 19 Feb 2019.

Vancouver:

Thomas HFI. Contagious agendas : the spread of issue attention in the policy process. [Internet] [Thesis]. University of Texas – Austin; 2015. [cited 2019 Feb 19]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/2152/31452.

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
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Council of Science Editors:

Thomas HFI. Contagious agendas : the spread of issue attention in the policy process. [Thesis]. University of Texas – Austin; 2015. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/2152/31452

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

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