Reconceiving Decision-Making in Democratic Politics
Attention, Choice, and Public Policy
Individuals and political systems alike, Jones argues, tend to be attentive to only one issue at a time. Using numerous examples from elections, public opinion polls, congressional deliberations, and of bureaucratic decision-making, he shows how shifting attentiveness can and does alter choices and political outcomes—even when underlying preferences remain relatively fixed. An individual, for example, may initially decide to vote for a candidate because of her stand on spending but change his vote when he learns of her position on abortion, never really balancing the two options.
Introduction: A Nonmarginalist Approach for Political Science
Pt. 1: The Paradox of Temporal Political Choice
1: Attention and Agendas in Politics
2: Rationality in Political Choice
3: Attention and Temporal Choice in Politics
4: A Change of Mind or a Change of Focus?
5: Raising and Focusing Attention in the Mass Public
Pt. 2: The Paradox of Issue Evolution
6: Macropolitics: Is Political Conflict Recurrent?
7: Policy Subsystems and the Processing of Issues
8: The Serial Policy Shift
9: Governments as Adaptive Systems
10: Political Choice and Democratic Governance
Appendix: Spatial Choice Theory and Attentional Dynamics
APSA: APSA-Robert E. Lane Award
International Political Science Association: Charles A. Levine Memorial Book Prize