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).
Table of Contents
The Dynamics of Policymaking
Introduction: Policy Ideas and the Policy Debate
The Policy Debate on Lifeline Rates and Energy Policy
The Emergence of Lifeline Rates as an Idea in Electric Utility Ratemaking
Reforming Electric Utility Regulation: Policy Ideas in Conflict
Policy Responses by Congressional Action
The Policy Debate on Lifeline Rates and Telecommunications Policy
Defining the Public Interest in Telecommunications
Challenges and Competition in Policy Formulation
Divestiture and the Debate over Universal Service
Policy Responses by Administrative Rulings
Policy Ideas, the Policy Debate, and Policy Formulation