John W. Kingdon
John Wells Kingdon (born 1940) is Professor Emeritus and was Acting Chair of Political Science (1989-1990 when the Chair, Jack L. Walker, was on leave) at the University of Michigan. He is a graduate of Oberlin College and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and was a Guggenheim fellow. He resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Scholarly influence 
Kingdon is a specialist in American politics, and has written influential books such as "Agendas, Alternatives, and Public Policies", "Congressmen's Voting Decisions", and "America the Unusual".
Core ideas 
Kingdon argues that the structure of American political institutions, especially Congress, encourages fragmentation and splintering in American national governance. He also believes this occurs more in the United States than elsewhere.
- The problem;
- The solution;
- The political will.
Effectively, if there is no solution to a problem, it would be impossible to get the political attention. There can be a wonderful idea in the air, but if this is not answering any problem, no political attention will be raised. Finally, there can be a political will to solve a problem, but if no solution is available, nothing will happen. So the three flux must encounter in order to get the political attention to use an available solution to solve an existing problem.
See also 
- "Political Science". Polisci.lsa.umich.edu. Retrieved 2012-05-07.
- "List of Active Members by Class" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-05-07.
- "All Fellows - John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation". Gf.org. Retrieved 2012-05-07.
- "John W. Kingdon | Kingdon Policy Streams Model". Metagora.org. Retrieved 2012-05-07.
- "Book Reviews : Congressmen's Voting Decisions. By JOHN W. KINGDON. (New York: Harper and Row, 1973. Pp. ix, 313.)". Prq.sagepub.com. 1974-12-01. Retrieved 2012-05-07.
- "Book Reviews" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-05-07.
- Quotations related to John W. Kingdon at Wikiquote
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