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The Process Model, The Verbiage Of The Mass Media, And The Stagnation Of New Public Policy: An In-Depth Analysis Of The Terri Schiavo Case, Matt Caudell Apr 2017

The Process Model, The Verbiage Of The Mass Media, And The Stagnation Of New Public Policy: An In-Depth Analysis Of The Terri Schiavo Case, Matt Caudell

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Though tragic, the case of Florida’s Terri Schiavo offers an unprecedented case study. The instance's unique circumstances provide one with a valuable and illustrative example of political theory and the complexities of public policy formation. The Terri Schiavo case gripped the attention of the public on a national level. According to Terence Smith, “76 percent of the public polled (said) that they (were) following (The Terri Schiavo case) either very closely or somewhat closely” (Cosgrove-Mather, 2005). However, despite national media attention and the infamous case’s lengthy court proceedings, the Terri Schiavo saga failed to make any legitimate ...