One of the dark arts of public relations – creating ‘fake’ grassroots groups, to counter the impact of problem entrepreneurs, and make it easier to resist pressure for policy formulation, decision-making, implementation, evaluation
Not just something to be found in agenda-setting, but I would argue appears throughout the policy process/cycle…
We’re so toast.
See also Think Tanks, Discursive Institutionalism
Lots of good books on this. Bob Burton’s “Inside Spin” is one of them.
Toxic Sludge is Good for You is another
See the “Wise Use” movement etc
See also Psyops and False Flag Operations. The Mighty Wurlitzer, Agnotology etc