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Overton’s Window

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.

Overton’s Window

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Duration: 35:28:00

Present: Aaron Stewart, Rich Plumb


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