July 15, 2010
Written by Christian Breunig and his two coauthors, Christoffer Green-Pedersen and Peter Mortensen of Aarhus University, the paper “What Influences the Composition of Executive Agendas? A New Approach to Agenda Setting Dynamics ” has been nominated for the Robert H. Durr Award. This award is given by the Midwest Political Science Association for the best paper applying quantitative methods to a substantive problem. The authors examine what issues executive leaders address in their annual major speeches, such as the State of the Union address and the Speech from the Throne. Using novel statistical methods, they show that real world policy problems rather than partisanship shapes the content of these speeches in North America and Europe.