How to include issues in the public agenda? The “Must carry” case in Colombia in the light of John Kingdon’s Multiple Streams Model

Date: 21 of february of 2020

Time: 7:00 am - 9:00 am

Place: H 308

The Telecommunications Law Department invites the academic community to this conference.

The chat, held within the Information and Communication Technologies Conference Cycle, will be offered by María Alejandra Durán Manchola, an expert in Regulatory and ICT issues. The purpose is to discuss the different projects, resolutions, and initiatives developed in the sector.

The speaker will share the results of the academic research carried out for her Master’s in Public Policy dissertation at University College London, which obtained a ‘distinction’ evaluation. The research focused on analyzing the Colombian “must carry“ case in the light of the new model to increase the chances of including a topic in the public agenda, developed by John Kingdon (2014).

This model, called Multiple Streams, analyzes three “streams” or independent paths: (i) the problem, (ii) the technical solution, and (iii), the political environment, which, united by a “policy entrepreneur” agent (willing to invest various resources) forming a “window of opportunity” increases the chances for a topic to be included in the public agenda and generate a change in the status quo.

Under this perspective, the research focused on analyzing the role of subscription television operators as a “policy entrepreneur” and the possibility they have acted seeking to close the window of opportunity to maintain the status quo of the “must-carry” public policy. This analysis variant is based on collected empirical evidence, which allowed generating various proposals regarding the new roles of the “policy entrepreneur” that should be studied in the future.

Speaker Profile

María Alejandra Durán Manchola is an Externado de Colombia University Law graduate, with a Master’s in Law with an emphasis in Public Services from the same University, and a Master’s in Public Policy from University College London. She has over 10 years of professional experience in the telecommunications sector. She has worked as an attorney and consultant for recognized national and international companies, where she participated in the elaboration of public policy individual and union proposals relating to the ICT sector regulations and the digital economy.