Book Talk and Reception: Public Policymaking by Private Organizations

Public Policymaking by Private Organizations

How private groups increasingly set public policy and regulate lives – with little public knowledge or attention


As Catherine E. Rudder, A. Lee Fritschler, and Yon Jung Choi detail in their new work Public Policymaking by Private Organizations (Brookings Institution Press 2016), private groups set numerous public policies today. 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.

Join us for a book talk and reception with the authors and learn more about policymaking by private groups and the implications for democratic governance.

Sponsored by the American Political Science Association, Brookings Institution Press, and National Capital-Area Political Science Association.

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016
Time: 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

Location: Rome Building, Rome Auditorium (1st Floor)
Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
1619 Massachusetts Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036

Light refreshments will be served.


Please send event-related questions to Kara Abramson at


Catherine E. Rudder is Professor Emerita, George Mason University, Schar School of Policy and Government, and former executive director of the American Political Science Association.

A. Lee Fritschler is Professor Emeritus, George Mason University, Schar School of Policy and Government, and former assistant secretary of education, U.S. Department of Education; president of Dickinson College; chair of the U.S. Postal Regulatory Commission; as well as a past Brookings vice president.

Yon Jung Choi is a PhD candidate and holds a master’s degree in public policy from George Mason’s Schar School of Policy and Government.