Iron Triangle

How is Policy Made?

The Iron Triangle is a model of the policy-making process which emphasizes the mutually beneficial roles played by interest groups, congressional committees, and bureaucratic agencies in formulating and implementing federal policies and programs.  Examine the diagram above of how an Iron Triangle works. Complete the questions above based on research and your knowledge of American politics.

Questions for Completion.

1. Fill out an Iron Triangle for an issue you care about. You will need to carefully research and identify the important congressional Committees, Interest Groups, and Bureaucratic Agencies.

2.  Do you think this is an accurate portrayal for how policy is made? Why or why not?

3.  Are there any actors missing from the iron triangle? Who should be added, if anyone? Why?