Summary: Providing an inside view of policy initiation and policy making, this text, written by a former Congressional staff member, offers students a first-hand account of policy formation from preliminary research to coalition-building, writing the bill, and working with committees to move the bill to the floor. A straightforward, engaging presentation follows the Safe Havens Support Act from the initial idea that inspired the bill, through its crafting and eventual passage
Summary: Providing an inside view of policy initiation and policy making, this text, written by a former Congressional staff member, offers students a first-hand account of policy formation from preliminary research to coalition-building, writing the bill, and working with committees to move the bill to the floor. A straightforward, engaging presentation follows the Safe Havens Support Act from the initial idea that inspired the bill, through its crafting and eventual passage as part of larger social services bills. ...show less
Edition/Copyright:07 Cover: Paperback Publisher:Prentice Hall, Inc. Published: 07/14/2006 International: No
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1. Introduction: So You Want to Pass a Bill? 2. Re-Inventing the Wheel: Conducting Background Research. 3. The Search for Solutions: Transforming Ideas into Policy. 4. Education and Alliances: Working with Organized Interests and Caucuses. 5. When Calling Activists, Allow Two Hours: Learning from the Grassroots. 6. From the Sublime to the Arcane: Drafting Legislative Language. 7. Winning Friends to Influence People: Co-Sponsors and Coalitions. 8. Lights, Camera, Action! Developing Media Strategy. 9. Finding a Way to the Floor: Negotiating with Leadership. 10.Conclusion: From Inspiration to Legislation
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