Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
First Committee Member
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This study tested three political sociology policy making theories with relation to the media coverage of an act of political violence and the affiliated policy formation processes related to this event. To test the three theories, a case study was conducted on the bombing of the Alfred Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995 and the subsequent policy enacted under the auspices of the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act (AEDP). The case analysis focused on several preexisting policy debates, the media coverage immediately following the bombing, and subsequent policy discussions leading to the passage of the AEDP. While limited support for corporate liberal and state autonomy theories was found, the overall findings of this study indicated that state-centered theory offered the most explanatory value for the events prior to and after the bombing in Oklahoma City.
Action; Crisis; Indicators; Legislative; Legislative Action; Media; Policy; Political; Political Policy; Terrorism
Criminology; Political science; Mass media; Journalism
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Ballard, James David, "Terrorism and political policy: Crisis and *policy making indicators in the media during legislative action" (1999). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 3100.