Tuesday 11/12: the Policy Formation Process

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As usual, we’ll start the next class with discussion of important news stories in the current Amsterdam News, so have yours with you and be prepared to discuss an important story of the week.

Read Chapter 9 (“The Policy Formation Process”) in Amos Wilson’s Blueprint for Black Power. Only one chapter this week, as it is longer than most. This chapter lays out the process by which public policies are formed and the views of people in influential positions are shaped by various forces. Pay special attention to the following chapter sections:

  • Think Tanks
  • The Need for Afrikan centered Information and Strategy Centers
  • On the Black Hand Side: Black Power Networks and Institutions of Higher Learning
  • Study Wilson’s diagram on page 170

    Questions to think about as you read:

  • How do foundations and think tanks influence public policy?
  • How does this process aid those already in power?
  • How has corporate and private funding shaped the role of Black higher education?
  • How might Afrikan centered think tanks/policy centers intervene?
  • Assignment: Find one think tank or policy institute doing research on an issue that you are writing the short paper on that puts forth policy proposals focused on inequality and the Black community. Look up their website (and bring it with you). Who funds them? What are some key proposals they’ve put forward? What statistics do they use?
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  • Remember to keep working on the short paper on an issue in the Black community.
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