Opportunities in Crisis and Catastrophe: The Issue-Attention Cycle and Political Reality [open html - 102KB]
"Emerging problems often surprise lawmakers and agency officials and result in rapid, reactive governance. The political attention an issue does receive may or may not be sufficient to resolve the emergent problem, and in many cases may be an overreactive auto-response dictated by public opinion and issue salience. This study examines the emergence of congressional attention post-crisis; demonstrates that black swans, wicked problems, and complex domestic and social issues each trigger episodic attention differently; and finally, establishes a multi-dimensional model of emerging crises, laying the bedrock to define new theoretical models of episodic attention in Congress."
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Homeland Security Affairs Journal: http://www.hsaj.org/
Homeland Security Affairs (May 2016), v.12, essay 1