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September 1989
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Conflict and Rhetoric in French Policymaking
Baumgartner, Frank
Education policy provides a fertile ground for analyzing the perennial tug-of-war between interest groups and public officials. Baumgartner considers thirty examples of French education policymaking during the early 1980s using a combination of documentary evidence, interviews with more than 100 politicians, civil servants, members of parliament, union and interest group leaders, and a thorough analysis of press coverage of education topics.

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Frank R. Baumgartner is assistant professor of Political Sciience at Texas A&M University.
“Baumgartner vividly illustrates how such variables as degree of conflict and environment combine with the strategic behavior of policy makers to determine the nature of participation and policy outcomes. . . . Specialists in both French politics and comparative public policy will thus find this book to be a significant and provocative contribution to the literature.”—American Political Science Review

“Baumgartner's study is an excellent one that merits wide notice. . . . as it constitutes an important study both of agenda-setting that is in many ways cross-nationally applicable and of an increasingly important domain of public policy in the advanced, industrial democracies. It is also, simply, a fine book on France.”—Journal of Politics

“Baumgartner's book should receive the attention of anyone interested in theories of political decision making. The research is strongly theoretically oriented; . . . his approach is highly innovative.”—Social Science Quarterly

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Education policy provides a fertile ground for analyzing the perennial tug-of-war between interest groups and public officials. Baumgartner considers thirty examples of French education policymaking during the early 1980s using a combination of documentary evidence, interviews with more than 100 politicians, civil servants, members of parliament, union and interest group leaders, and a thorough analysis of press coverage of education topics.
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