This is a study of how policy ideas, first raised as definitions of specific problems and as solutions for those problems, get translated into formal public policy. Specifically, the work tracks the making of energy and telecommunications policy, taking the reader inside the legislative policy debate involving elected officials, administrators, industry representatives, lobbyists, and citizen representatives. The author analyzes the many legislative proposals representing the preferences of the various participants which, over the course of the seven-year policy cycle seen here, illustrate the process of synthesis and analysis which underlies congressional policy making today.
About the Author:
GEORGIA A. PERSONS is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. A graduate of Southern University in Louisiana and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she is the editor of Dilemmas of Black Politics: Leadership, Strategy, and Issues (1993).