America, the Owner's Manual Making Government Work for You

ISBN-10: 1604264764

ISBN-13: 9781604264760

Edition: 2009 (Revised)

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Description:  Watch Senator Graham on The Colbert Report! The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30cShe Said, CIA Said - Bob Grahamcolbertnation.com Click here to preview chapter 1.Professors: Order your exam copy today by clicking on the &BAD:quot;Request an Exam Copy&BAD:quot; link above.Would you teach someone to play basketball using just chalkboard diagrams? Or would you get them on the court and have them play? In basketball, the answer is easy&BAD:mdash;you do both. So why teach politics only as a spectator sport?Senator Bob Graham believes that students should expand on their classroom learning about the political system: he spurs them to hit the court and actually play the game. If students work on an issue they care about, politics will become a meaningful and positive experience. This short, how-to guide takes students out of theoretical discussions of policy and into a world where they can affect change. Graham&BAD:rsquo;s goal is to have students identify a problem, and then walk them through each step from researching the issue, to getting others involved, to engaging the media. Each chapter starts with a real case, showing citizens tackling a step in the process, and ends with a summary checklist and a series of questions that help students put Graham&BAD:rsquo;s game plan in action. By offering students concrete guidance, an array of resources, and advice for troubleshooting and overcoming barriers, this compact user&BAD:rsquo;s guide gets students way beyond textbook learning.Thirty-five years ago, as a member of the Florida Legislature, Bob Graham took on the challenge of civic education for eighteen weeks at a Miami-area high school. His time as both a governor and a senator has only strengthened his resolve to pique students&BAD:rsquo; curiosity about politics and teach them to get what they want from government.

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List price: $33.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: CQ Press
Publication date: 4/1/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 5.00" wide x 6.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Preface
Prologue: Student Government
The District of Columbia and Neighborhood Democracy
Town vs. Gown
Campaign Georgetown
A Permanent Campaign
Introduction: In the Arena
What's Your Problem? Defining the Challenge That Active Citizenship Can Solve
Case in Point: A Road through the Mountains
How to Define the Problem
Look with a Telescope, Not a Microscope
Focus the Telescope if Necessary
Define the Problem in Political Terms
Define the Problem in Public Terms
Repeat, Repeat, Repeat the Problem
Checklist for Action
Exercise
Just the Facts, Ma'am: Gathering Information to Sway Policymakers
Case in Point: Stormy Weather
The Information-Gathering Process
Why Conduct Research?
Enhance Credibility
Avoid Redundancy
Locate Precedent
Achieve Collateral Benefits
Effective Research: A Step-by-Step Guide
Above All, Stay Credible
Utilize Every Source Possible, but Stay on Target
Harness the Power of Real People
Final Thoughts
Checklist for Action
Exercise
The Buck Stops Where? Identifying Who in Government Can Fix Your Problem
Case in Point: Putting the "Be" in South Beach
You Know the Problem-Who Has the Solution?
Aiming at the Right Target
Determine Which Level of Government Is Involved
Pinpoint Your Specific Targets within the Proper Level of Government
Checklist for Action
Exercises
Testing the Waters: Gauging and Building Public Support for Your Cause
Case in Point: Reversal of Fortune in Steamboat Springs
Why Does Public Opinion Matter?
Determine the Level of Support
Identify the Arguments Most Likely to Resonate with the Public
"Micro-Target" Specific Groups of Persuadable Officials or Citizens
Get the Most Bang for Your Campaign Buck
How Do I Determine What Public Opinion Is?
Polling
Other Methods of Measuring Public Opinion
Conclusion: Putting Public Opinion Data to Good Use
Checklist for Action
Exercises
Winning Friends and Influencing People: How to Persuade the Decision Maker
Case in Point: Getting MADD at Drunk Drivers
Influencing and Persuading the Decision Maker
Define the Relationship with the Decision Maker before You Create It
Follow the Chain of Command
Respect Professional Staff
Know the Decision Maker before You Begin to Lobby
Understand Internal Politics and Dynamics
Do Your Homework-Always Be Credible
Maximize Your Face-to-Face Opportunities with the Decision Maker
Don't Assume that the Final Decision Maker Is the Right Target
Don't Let the Perfect Be the Enemy of the Good
Checklist for Action
Exercises
Timing Is Everything: Using the Calendar to Achieve Your Goals
Case in Point: A Lesson from the U.S. Senate
Manage the Clock
Be Aware of Fixed Deadlines-and Start Long in Advance
Study the Budget
Think in Terms of "Best Time" to Achieve Your Goal
Take Advantage of Trends, Cycles, and Deadlines
Checklist for Action
Exercises
All for One, and One for All: Coalitions for Citizen Success
Case in Point: The Orange Hats of Fairlawn
The Fairlawn Coalition: Getting Started
From Marching to Patrolling
Bringing the Police into the Process
On Patrol
Police Patrols and Citizen Patrols
Staying Together
Building Your Own Coalition: A Step-by-Step Guide to Forging an Effective Alliance
Define the Problem Specifically and Attract the Widest Possible Coalition
What Comes First-the Coalition or the Solution?
Know Your Friends and Your Enemies
Have a Simple, Direct Message-and Repeat, Repeat, Repeat
Pick a Strong Champion to Celebrate Your Cause
Be Vigilant in Keeping the Coalition Together
Checklist for Action
Exercises
All Your News Is Fit to Print: Engaging the Media
Case in Point: Max Rameau's Mission
Getting to Know the Media
Newspapers
Television
Radio
Multicultural Media
The Internet and Blogs
Persuading the Press: Designing and Implementing Your Media Plan
Know Your Goals, Message, and Media Audience
Do Your Homework
Walk a Mile in the Media's Shoes
Make Contact
Take Multiple Bites at the Apple
Stay Credible at All Costs
Distribute Your Own Message
Checklist for Action
Exercises
The Price of Progress: Finding the Resources to Support Your Initiative
Case in Point: Nothing But Nets
The Most Popular Labor-Saving Device
Paying for Your Initiative: A User's Guide to Successful Financing
Determine How Much Money You Will Need to Meet Your Goals
Know the Law-or Enlist the Help of Someone Who Does
Establish a Campaign Finance Infrastructure
Ask, Ask, and Ask Again
The Special Case of the Internet
Checklist for Action
Exercises
You've Won! You've Lost: Preserving Victory and Learning from Defeat
Case in Point: A Victory Born in East L.A.
If You Have Won: Capitalizing on Victories
Look over Your Shoulder
Close the Doors Correctly
Say Thank You
Chronicle the Campaign
Turn Opponents into Friends
Think about Next Month and Next Year
If You Have Lost: Recovering from Defeat
Apply the Same Techniques as the Winners-but Sometimes in Reverse
Diagnose the Problem and Fix It
If at First You Don't Succeed, Try, Try Again
Checklist for Action
Exercises
Index
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