From accrediting doctors and lawyers to setting industry and professional standards, private groups establish many of the public policies in today's advanced societies. Yet this important role of non-governmental groups is largely ignored by those who study, teach, or report on public policy issues. Public Policymaking by Private Organizations sheds light on policymaking by private groups, which are unaccountable to the general public and often even to governments.
This book brings to life the hidden world of policymaking by providing an overview of this phenomenon and in-depth case studies in the areas of finance, food safety and certain professions. Far from being merely self-regulation or self-governance, policymaking by private groups, for good or ill, can have a substantial impact on the broader public - from ensuring the safety of our home electrical appliances to vetting the credit-worthiness of complex financial instruments in the runup to the 2008 financial crisis.
Ranging from non-profit associations to multi-national corporations, private policymaking groups are everywhere. They certify professionals as competent, establish industry regulations and set technical and professional standards. But because their operations lack the transparency and accountability required of governmental bodies, these organizations comprise a policymaking territory that is largely unseen, unreported, uncharted and not easily reconciled with democratic principles. As such, that territory demands to be fully explored, documented and understood. Even more urgently, private governance should be recognized and scrutinized as a distinct and important area in the field of public policy. Anyone concerned about how policies are made - and who makes them - should read this book.
Publisher: Brookings Institution
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 354 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
Public Policymaking by Private Organizations will surprise readers as it reveals the astounding range of non-governmental regulatory and policymaking organizations that impact virtually every aspect of our homes and work places. The authors have succeeded in producing a book that, while very readable, provides an enormous amount of information about these organizations that are rarely given any attention in our classrooms.--Dwight Ink, former president of the Institute of Public Administration and senior federal executive serving seven presidents
The book, Public Policy Making by Private Organizations by Rudder, Fritschler, and Choi, is a path-breaking work in public policy study. This book opens up a new field of public policy studies by bringing scholarly attention to the heretofore overlooked arena of private governance of public affairs; namely rules and policies that financial institutions, professional and educational organizations and commercial business groups adopt for their operations tending to have effects on general public and constituent population just as ordinary public policies affecting the target population. "A private governance of public policy" clearly extends studies of public policy making beyond the traditional boundaries and enriches public policy making studies in the United States. Serious students of public policy would now find a vast new opportunity for original research and discoveries.--Yong Hyo Cho, Professor Emeritus of the University of Akron and San Francisco State University
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