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NCJ Number: 184091 Find in a Library
Title: Focusing Event Characteristics and Issue Accompaniment: The Case of Domestic Terrorism
Journal: Criminal Justice Policy Review  Volume:10  Issue:3  Dated:1999  Pages:319-341
Author(s): John L. Worrall
Editor(s): Nanci Koser Wilson
Date Published: 1999
Page Count: 23
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper explores the impact of domestic terrorism on the public agenda, specifically examining the extent to which the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing required assistance or "accompaniment" to capture the attention of lawmakers.
Abstract: Accompaniment was defined in terms of government and popular concerns for an issue prior to a focusing event. Content analysis of the Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature, the New York Times Index, the Washington Post Index, and the Congressional Quarterly, as measures of prior congressional, presidential, and public interest, suggested that domestic terrorism did not require accompaniment to achieve agenda status. Instead, unique focusing event characteristics--the violent, sudden, novel, and criminal nature of the explosion--were responsible. The Oklahoma City bombing had focusing event characteristics with no parallel in the agenda-setting literature. 26 references, 13 notes, and 4 figures
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Bombings; Domestic terrorism; Oklahoma; Public Opinion of Crime; United States of America
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