chapter  8
Revolving doors: networks, alliances, and impact
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It is inherently difficult to measure the precise impact of Informal Governance Actors on political decisions due to the complexity that characterizes policy formulation and decision-making in modern democracies.1 However, taking a closer look at how the TriCom pursued influence in different arenas will provide insight on how the Commission participated in governance. Furthermore, this chapter adopts an alternate approach to evaluating the influence of the TriCom by analyzing the informal alliance that the TriCom developed with the US State Department in the mid-1970s. Instead of seeing the Commission as a distinct entity, impacting another entity, namely the government, I suggest understanding the Commission and governments as constituting overlapping networks, merging the formal and informal spheres. In these networks, people and ideas were circulated, problems were defined, agendas established, and solutions articulated. In short, this is how policies were produced.