Issue Competition in a Globalized World: The Causes of Cross-National Similarities and Differences in the Issue Content of Party Politics

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Abstract

How cross-nationally similar or different are political agendas when it comes to their issue content? Does one country discuss health care, another the environment, and a third one immigration? Though studies of issue competition and political agenda setting more broadly have flourished in recent years, this important question has gained surprisingly little attention. This chapter focuses on attention from political parties and argues that this is cross-nationally more similar than different. Theoretically, the chapter argues that party political agenda setting processes are national processes, but with a great deal of parallelism. Countries struggle with similar policy problems and the structure of party competition has important common characteristics. Converging issue contents are not a direct effect of globalization or cross-national learning.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobalizing Issues : How Claims, Frames and Problems Cross Borders
EditorsErik Neveu, Muriel Surdez
Number of pages22
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Publication date2020
Pages73-94
Chapter4
ISBN (Electronic)9783030520441
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Agenda setting
  • Globalization
  • Issue attention
  • Party competition

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