Politics for Dummies

ISBN-10: 0764508873
ISBN-13: 9780764508875
Edition: 2nd 2002 (Revised)
Authors: Ann DeLaney
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Description: Whether you understand politics or not, it still affects your life in very real ways. But American politics can be confusing. What's a caucus? How do primaries work? How can you sift through all the babble to get to the truth? Politics For Dummies  More...

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List price: $19.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/13/2016
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Whether you understand politics or not, it still affects your life in very real ways. But American politics can be confusing. What's a caucus? How do primaries work? How can you sift through all the babble to get to the truth? Politics For Dummies offers all these answers and more. And it's not just for political novices; even those with a firm understanding of politics can use this book to fill out their knowledge of the little complexities - from how the Electoral College works to campaign contribution limits. If you have little or no knowledge of politics, don't worry. Most people need answers just like you do, that's why this book helps you: Pick the candidate who best represents your views Donate time or money to a campaign Let your representatives know how you feel Run for office yourself This simple, friendly guide offers the kind of straight talk on politics you won't get from a politician. It covers the nuts and bolts of the political process so you'll have a working knowledge of the system. It shows you how to get involved at the grass-roots level and explains the rationale behind the two-party system. It helps you parse the propaganda to get at the truth and offers a complete explanation of presidential politics. Politics For Dummies covers these topics and many more: How public opinion polls work How money influences policy Why your opinion really does count How to donate to political campaigns and causes Contacting your representatives Politics on the Internet Choosing parties and candidates Lobbyists and special interest groups How candidates sell themselves How negative campaigning works What happened in the 2000 presidential election You'll also find fun and helpful extras like famous political quotes, the ten things you should teach your children about politics, and voting requirements for every state. Democracy won't work for if you don't participate in it. So pick up Politics For Dummies, get informed, and get involved. Your country will thank you!

Ann DeLaney is the first woman to be nominated by a major party as a candidate for lieutenant governor of Indiana. She has also served as commissioner of the Marion Superior Court.

Introduction
Politics and You
"It's Politics, Stupid!"
The Money/Vote Analysis
Making Your Voice Heard
Vote - Be a Part of the Solution
Contributing Your Time or Money
Telling Politicians What's on Your Mind
Getting Political on the Internet
Politics Is a Team Sport
Partying with Politics
Taking Sides
Joining a Special Interest Group
It's All Marketing
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