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Where Do Minnesota Policy Ideas Come From?

Author: 
Gray, Virginia.

What sources of information are used by Minnesota legislators to get their ideas and to identify public problems, formulate policy solutions, and decide how to vote on a bill? A professor of political science investigated the role of Minnesota's public affairs community in supplying policy ideas to the legislature. Her surveys of legislators and their staff revealed that legislators rely largely on sources close at hand for policy ideas--themselves, their constituents, and their staff. Staffers cast a wider net relying largely on professional peers. The public affairs community appears to have only marginal influence. The study included a citation study in addition to the survey and a ranking of the ten most important laws of the past decade.

Journal: 
CURA Reporter
Publication date: 
1999
Publisher: 
Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
Sponsor: 
Funded by a CURA Interactive Research Grant.
Pages: 
29 (2): 1-6.
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CURA call number: 
Reporter 29 (2)

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