For May 2: Chapter 9–The Policy Formation Process

Media citations of think tanks. Source: Institute for Research in Mid East Policy

Read Chapter 9 (“The Policy Formation Process”) in Amos Wilson’s Blueprint for Black Power slowly and carefully. 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
  • Look carefully at the connections on 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?

Presentation by Ziggy and Tiena

I think all of you have the assignments for the final paper and presentation, but they’re now on the Assignments page as PDF downloads just in case. Start looking at your fieldwork and begin taking notes. Begin reflecting on your experiences and organizing ideas.


  • May 2: Chapter 9–The Policy Formation Process; Presentation by Ziggy and Tiena
  • May 4 (Friday): Interview paper due
  • May 9: Chapters 10 (Candidate Selection) and 31 (Leadership); Presentation by Cheri & Lashawn on Chap. 10
  • May 16: Final class–Student Presentations (unchanged)
  • May 23: Final Papers due

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