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Fall Seminar: Policy Adoption and the Legislative Process

Join us for the third presentation in our Fall Seminar series on Friday, October 30, 2015  from 1:00 – 3:00p ET to learn more about policy adoption and the legislative process, including central features of policy making in Kentucky. Join us at the UK Coldstream Research Campus Human Development Training Room (1525 Bull Lea Road, Lexington KY 40511) with live videoconferencing to sites around the state. This seminar will cover opportunities for advocacy organizations to pursue their agendas and barriers they have to overcome to achieve their policy goals. The Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities provides examples of agenda setting and advocacy.

Registration: Electronic registration will open October 9, 2015. Register here and select your attendance site. To become a remote site or for help registering, contact 


Dr. Edward Jennings, Provost’s Distinguished Service Professor of Public Policy and Administration. Dr. Jennings’s primary research and teaching interests include public policy, intergovernmental relations, and public administration. He is the co-author of From Nation to States: The Small Cities Community Development Block Grant Program and Distribution, Utilization, and Innovation in Health Care and co-editor of The Revitalization of the Public Service and Welfare System Reform: Coordinating Federal, State and Local Public Assistance Programs. He has also published in American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Public Administration Review, American Journal of Sociology, and Policy Studies Journal. He was editor-in-chief of the Journal of Public Affairs Education from 1991-1995.

Walt Bower shares:

Dr. Ed Jennings has recently written a number of valuable reports for Kentucky’s Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities. With the upcoming elections, we are looking forward to his timely presentation on policy adoption and the legislative process.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss factors affecting the adoption of public policies.
  2. Identity alternative strategies that are used to pursue and thwart policy initiatives.
  3. Identify barriers and opportunities presented by the American policy system.
  4. Describe the steps of the legislative process.

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