PULLMAN, Wash. — A public policy scholar will discuss “Information Processing and Public Policy: Thinking Through the Enron Fiasco” Feb. 12 at Washington State University.

Bryan Jones, a professor of American politics and director of the Center for American Politics and Public Policy at the University of Washington, will present his lecture at 3 p.m. in Todd Hall 120.

Jones will explore how information is processed in politics and why some political events can alter public policies. The Enron fiasco is a focal point in examining how much attention is being paid to the scandal and how this event promotes inconsistency in public policy. Jones will discuss how the Bush White House is attempting to frame the Enron case as an economic scandal as opposed to a political scandal.

Jones is the Donald R. Matthews Distinguished Professor of American Politics and Public Policy at UW. He is the author of numerous books and has been published in top professional journals such as the “American Political Science Review,” “Journal of Politics” and “American Journal of Political Science.” Jones has served on the editorial boards of the “American Journal of Political Science,” “Economic Development Quarterly,” the “Journal of Politics” and the “State and Local Government Review.” He received his doctorate from the University of Texas and taught at Texas A & M University until 1996.

The lecture is sponsored by the Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service. For more information, contact Ed Weber at (509) 335-2455.