Upsetting the agenda: The clout of external focusing events in the European Council

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Alexandrova, P.: Upsetting the agenda: The clout of external focusing events in the European Council. In: Journal of Public Policy 35 (2014), Nr. 3, S. 505-530. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0143814X15000197

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Focusing events are sudden, striking large-scale occurrences that attract political attention. However, not all potential focusing events appear on the agenda. Combining data from multiple sources, this study conducts an analysis of the determinants of prioritisation of external focusing events in the European Council over a period longer than two decades. The results demonstrate that decisions regarding the placement of crises on the agenda are underscored by exogenous (humanitarian) and endogenous (geopolitical interest) considerations. Those events with a higher likelihood of agenda access include manmade incidents (versus natural disasters), events with larger death tolls and crises in the neighbourhood. Stronger competition between potential focusing events across time and space reduces the chances of access. The level of attention each event receives depends on purely strategic interests. Focusing events in neighbouring countries gain a higher portion of attention, as do occurrences in states having a larger trade exchange with the European Union. © 2015 Cambridge University Press.
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Document Type: article
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Issue Date: 2014
Appears in Collections:Philosophische Fakultät

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1 image of flag of Germany Germany 67 51.54%
2 image of flag of Netherlands Netherlands 26 20.00%
3 image of flag of United States United States 8 6.15%
4 image of flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom 5 3.85%
5 image of flag of Israel Israel 4 3.08%
6 image of flag of France France 4 3.08%
7 image of flag of China China 3 2.31%
8 image of flag of Turkey Turkey 2 1.54%
9 image of flag of Sweden Sweden 2 1.54%
10 image of flag of Italy Italy 2 1.54%
    other countries 7 5.38%

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