Policy attention in state and nation: Is anyone listening to the laboratories of democracy?

David Lowery, Virginia Gray, Frank R. Baumgartner

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Do patterns of policy attention at the state level influence agenda setting in Washington over the short term? We examine this question by first developing a series of hypotheses about such linkages. We test these conjectures with a data set pooling measures of policy attention at the national and state levels for several years and several policy areas. We find little evidence that changes in state policy agendas in the aggregate influence national patterns of policy attention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)286-310
Number of pages25
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2011


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration

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