By Christoffer Green-Pedersen, Stefaan Walgrave
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Within the general agenda, however, some laws occupy a disproportionate amount of time and energy of legislators. We distinguish two subsets of the general lawmaking agenda. S. legislative process throughout the period under study. This subset consists of 5,560 laws, which we term the covered lawmaking agenda. The second subset is composed of laws that received inordinate coverage, deﬁned as exceeding at least one standard deviation above the mean of lines of CQ coverage in a given session, exclusive of those which received zero lines of coverage.
Adj. Adj. Note: Changes in the size of the general lawmaking agenda and the covered lawmaking agenda are inﬂuenced by traditional political variables. The size of the general lawmaking agenda can be explained by changes in the level of public conservatism in the prior year, session, and the linear passage of time. The size of the covered agenda can be explained by the number of covered statutes passed in the previous year, the public’s level of conservatism for two years prior, session, and the passage of time.
This subset is the prioritized lawmaking agenda and consists of 551 laws during the period under consideration. 1 indicates the relationships among these lawmaking agendas. S. We then explore shifts in the issue priorities represented both by all laws passed since World War II and by those deemed by our method to be prioritized statutes. 1. Lawmaking agendas: all statutes (N = 19,823), covered statutes (N = 5,560), and prioritized statutes (N = 551) Note: The ﬁgure shows the relationship between three lawmaking agendas.
Agenda Setting, Policies, and Political Systems: A Comparative Approach by Christoffer Green-Pedersen, Stefaan Walgrave