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The Role Of Interstate Policy Organizations In State Higher Education Policy Processes: Perceptions Of Policymakers And Policy Shapers, Demaree K. Michelau Apr 2010

The Role Of Interstate Policy Organizations In State Higher Education Policy Processes: Perceptions Of Policymakers And Policy Shapers, Demaree K. Michelau

Political Science Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Political science offers rich explanations for how different types of organizations that are focused on public policy decisions (e.g., boundary organizations, interest groups, policy networks (or communities), and think tanks) influence public policy processes (Cash, Clark, Alcock, Dickson, Eckley, Guston, Jager, and Mitchell 2003; Guston 2001; Kingdon 1995; Mintrom and Vergari 1998; Stone 2000; Weaver 1989). They serve as information sources, promote dialogue, foster the diffusion of innovations, bridge gaps between research and policy, and set policy agendas, all with the intent of influencing public policy. Their goals, approaches, and abilities, however, vary from one another, and interstate policy ...