See also: Agenda Setting
The best way to stop a policy development you don’t like (one that would hurt your profits or power) is to make sure it never gets discussed in the important places.
See Crenson, M. 1971. The Unpolitics of Air Pollution: A Study of Non-decision making in the Cities. Baltimore Johns Hopkins University.
On the graduated mechanism of this, see Cobb and Ross
Cobb, R. and Ross, M. 1997. Cultural strategies of agenda denial: avoidance, attack, and redefinition. Kansas, University of Kansas Press
See also Timothy Luke’s second dimension of power