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The Scope of Government$
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Ole Borre and Elinor Scarbrough

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198294740

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198294743.001.0001

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Political Agendas and Beliefs About the Scope of Government

Political Agendas and Beliefs About the Scope of Government

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The Scope of Government

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Focuses on public expectations and demand for government services, at the specific level at which general expectations and desires are converted into specific political demands. The conversion of wants into demands—the politicization process—is the crucial point which determines whether such public input is relevant to the political process. The analysis involves two aspects of public perception: first, the issue of value changes that determine priorities on the political agenda; second, the evolving public consensus about the proper scope of government responsibility. These translate into two key theoretical dimensions of public concern—the range of issues over which government should exercise control, and the degree of control it should exercise over them.

Keywords:   public demands, public expectations, public opinion, scope of government

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