This book takes the reader through the process of successful action for change, from the germ of an idea to finding supporters, getting the word out, and building the critical mass of people, energy, and support to effect the desired result ...
Author: Barry R. Rubin
Category: Political Science
This book takes the reader through the process of successful action for change, from the germ of an idea to finding supporters, getting the word out, and building the critical mass of people, energy, and support to effect the desired result. Anyone who wants to influence policy -- whether of a corporation, an institution, or government at any level -- will find the tools they need to become an effective issue advocate, and not just another frustrated citizen. Filled with abundant practical examples and guidelines for success, the book covers such topics as: -- how public policy issues become ripe for action; -- how interest groups influence the issue agenda; -- how lobbying can shape political decisions; -- how to mobilize grassroots support; -- how coalitions are formed; -- how to organize an initiative or referendum.
Author: David Patrick HoughtonPublish On: 2013-11-20
Together they are part of an essential library to equip us all for fuller engagement with the issues of our times. TITLES IN THE SERIES A Citizen's Guide to American Ideology: Conservatism and Liberalism in Contemporary Politics Morgan ...
Author: David Patrick Houghton
Category: Political Science
American foreign policy often looks like a trail of man-made debris and disaster. Of course, the explanations for many poorly-made decisions are rather complex. In this brief and cogent analysis, Houghton shows us that understanding American foreign policy often comes down to recognizing the cognitive limitations of the decision-makers, which affects the foreign policy process. Then there is the nature of the decisions themselves. Quite a few decisions in American foreign policy involve ‘tragic’ choices, where leaders are effectively confronted with a series of progressively bad or uncomfortable options. And it is equally clear that some policies are not the product of any one individual’s preferences, but emerge as a consequence of the way in which complex modern governments with large bureaucracies operate. Written with the interested layperson in mind, as well as students of international affairs, this Citizen’s Guide to American Foreign Policy asks questions like, "Why do presidents so often do things which seem to be directly against the national interests of the United States – not just in retrospect, but even at the time?" "Why do there seem to be so many fiascoes in US foreign policy?" "Why does Congress sometimes tie the hands of the president in foreign affairs?" "Why do presidents seem to respond more to opinion polls or to what’s on CNN and Fox News than they do to the core interests of the United States?" Houghton’s overview helps us see past the partisan in-fighting that too often obscures the central issues in foreign affairs. This is vital, required reading for all readers who wish to better understand America’s involvement in the world.
The host of the award-winning humorous news program offers tongue-in-cheek insight into American democracy with coverage of such topics as the republican qualities of ancient Rome, the antics of our nation's founders, and the ludicrous ...
Author: Jon Stewart
Publisher: Paw Prints
The host of the award-winning humorous news program offers tongue-in-cheek insight into American democracy with coverage of such topics as the republican qualities of ancient Rome, the antics of our nation's founders, and the ludicrous nature of today's media. Reprint. 200,000 first printing.
imposition of federal power into the realm of state and local government. The government is best which governs least.1 Goldwater Republicans were also pro-military and anti-communist. We must stand up to the Soviet Union and meet their ...
Author: Morgan Marietta
This book explains the two dominant political ideologies in America today, providing an analysis of each as well as insight into their respective branches. The author employs a metaphor of a tree - growth from ideological roots to a core value, expanding into a problem that creates the competing branches of the ideology. This approach suggests a way to explain and compare the two ideologies to enhance democratic debate.
In this book Katherine Fierlbeck provides an in-depth discussion of how health care decisions are shaped by politics and why there is so much disagreement over how to fix the system.
Author: Katherine Fierlbeck
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Category: Health & Fitness
Health Care in Canada examines the challenges faced by the Canadian health care system, a subject of much public debate. In this book Katherine Fierlbeck provides an in-depth discussion of how health care decisions are shaped by politics and why there is so much disagreement over how to fix the system. Many Canadians point to health care as a source of national pride; others are highly critical of the system's shortcomings and call for major reform. Yet meaningful debate cannot occur without an understanding of how the system actually operates. In this overview, Fierlbeck outlines the basic framework of the health care system with reference to specific areas such as administration and governance, public health, human resources, drugs and drug policy, and mental health. She also discusses alternative models in other countries such as Britain, the United States, and France. As health care becomes increasingly complex, it is crucial that Canadians have a solid grasp of the main issues within both the policy and political environments. With its balanced and accessible assessment of the main political and theoretical debates, Health Care in Canada is an essential guide for anyone with a stake in Canada's health system.
Author: Barbara A. RadnofskyPublish On: 2017-09-12
A non-partisan guide to a precise understanding of the rules and history of impeachment .
Author: Barbara A. Radnofsky
Publisher: Melville House
Category: Political Science
A non-partisan guide to a precise understanding of the rules and history of impeachment . . . Spotlighting in particular the precise rules of impeachment—including an explanation of the crucial grounds for impeachment, the famous “high crimes and misdemeanors”—the book also details its origins in British law, the rules as set out by the founding fathers in the Constitution, and their application throughout the history of our democracy. That history involves a detailed chronology of the nineteen instances of impeachment that have taken place—of judges, presidents, and officials from the cabinet and congress—throughout American history, including the very first impeachment conviction of an America official: that of a federal judge who seemed to have developed dementia. All of which makes A Citizen’s Guide to Impeachment a fascinating read about a unique aspect of our democracy, as well as a useful, one-of-a-kind guide for citizens in a participatory government.
“With insight, wisdom, affection, and concern, Sunstein has written the story of impeachment every citizen needs to know. This is a remarkable, essential book.” —Doris Kearns Goodwin No one is above the law, not even the president.
Author: Cass R. Sunstein
Category: Political Science
“With insight, wisdom, affection, and concern, Sunstein has written the story of impeachment every citizen needs to know. This is a remarkable, essential book.” —Doris Kearns Goodwin No one is above the law, not even the president. Impeachment is the most potent tool the founders gave us to ensure it, and yet few of us even know how it works. As Benjamin Franklin famously put it, Americans have a republic, if we can keep it. Preserving the Constitution and the democratic system it supports is the public's responsibility. One route the Constitution provides for discharging that duty--a route rarely traveled--is impeachment. Expanding beyond violations of the law, impeachment was meant to defend against any action that would undermine the foundations of our republic. Harvard Law professor Cass R. Sunstein provides a succinct citizen's guide to this essential tool of self-government. Taking us deeper than mere partisan politics, he illuminates the constitutional design behind impeachment and emphasizes the people's role in holding presidents accountable. In spite of the loud national debate over whether or not the House is right to impeach Trump, impeachment itself remains widely misunderstood. Sunstein identifies and corrects a number of common misconceptions, and describes how impeachment helps is an essential piece of our constitutional order, and a crucial part of the framers' decision to install an empowered executive in a nation deeply fearful of kings. With an eye toward the past and the future, Impeachment: A Citizen's Guide considers a host of actual and imaginable arguments for a president's removal, explaining why some cases are easy and others hard, why some arguments for impeachment have been judicious and others not. And with an afterword and appendix on the current impeachment, it puts the national debate in its proper historical context. In direct and approachable terms, it is a guide through the treacherous waters of the impeachment process so that Americans of all political convictions may use their ultimate civic authority wisely.
The almanac should merely serve as a guide to the political leanings of congressmen and senators. The Almanac of American Politics is unique in thetype of analysisit provides and is an extremely valuable resource tool.
Author: Donald E. deKieffer
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Category: Political Science
Individuals and grassroots organizations interested in becoming involved in petitioning their government will discover essential information on the techniques and laws to lobbying in this clear and enlightening guide. New lobbyists will learn how to best craft and direct their messages so that their concerns will be heard, make congressional contacts, get the most out of letter-writing campaigns, generate press, give campaign contributions, and even get invited to testify before congressional committees. This resource details the most recent lobbying laws, including the Federal Election Campaign Act amended in 2002, as well as a list of appropriate gifts to give to a member of Congress or their staff. This revised edition contains updated chapters and resources that will ensure that neophyte lobbyists will have the most up-to-date information when lobbying their government.
Collecting together data, analytical insight and related material, this book examines tax reform, exploring the fundamental questions and choices inherent in tax policymaking.
Author: Joel Slemrod
Publisher: MIT Press (MA)
Category: Business & Economics
Who should pay taxes, how should they be collected, and how do they affect the economy? Should the income tax be tinkered with, replaced with a flat tax or left alone? Here, Joel Slemrod and Jon Bakija bring together all of the data, analytical insight and related material bearing on tax reform to explore the fundamental questions and choices inherent in tax policymaking.