Synopsis: This week on "Learn Me Something," Aaron and Rich delve into Overton’s Window.
Joseph Overton observed that in a given public policy area, such as education, only a relatively narrow range of potential policies will be considered politically acceptable. This "window" of politically acceptable options is primarily defined not by what politicians prefer, but rather by what they believe they can support and still win re-election. In general, then, the window shifts to include different policy options not when ideas change among politicians, but when ideas change in the society that elects them.
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Present: Aaron Stewart, Rich Plumb
- An Introduction to the Overton Window of Political Possibilities
- How an Obscure Conservative Theory Became the Trump Era’s Go-to Nerd Phrase
- What is the Overton window?
- AOC Smashes The Overton Window
- Moving the Overton Window
- For Good and Ill, Donald Trump Has Brought Discussion of Political Impossibilities into the Open
- Policy Tug-O-War
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Download Podcast: Episode 103: Overton’s Window