How Washington Actually Works For Dummies, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1118463242
  • ISBN-13: 9781118463246
  • DDC: 320.60973
  • Grade Level Range: 12th Grade +
  • 509 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2012 | Published/Released May 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2012

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Washington, D.C.  Capital of the Free World.  The most powerful city on Earth.  No other country, company, or international organization can compare with the reach and wealth of the federal government.  Policymaking - the art of deciding what programs to support, what laws to pass, or what regulations to write - is at the core of what Washington does, and is what everyone, from the president on down, wants to influence.  The Founding Fathers expected it to be an inclusive process, and the diversity and number of factors that have grown up around Washington reflects this reality.  While civics textbooks can teach consumers how a bill becomes law, it is little help in understanding how things really get done in Washington.  How Washington Works For Dummies isn't a dry explanation of the American system of government - but a playbook for how Washington really works: who has a seat at the table, how the policymaking process works, and how one survives.  How Washington Works For Dummies also takes the reader inside the political process in Washington, discusses changes over the past decade and the present network, and explain how the parts fit together.  Readers will get the 4-1-1 on a day in the life of Congress; the workings of the White House; how policy ideas are born; and the inside scoop on miracle workers, aka lobbyists.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Table of Contents.
1: Introduction.
2: A Brief History of Washington.
3: The People Behind the Curtain: Federal Bureaucrats.
4: Professional Persuaders: Lobbyists.
5: Other Voices in the Debate: Outsiders, Gatecrashers, and Wallflowers.
6: Congress.
7: The Presidency.
8: Policymaking.
9: Ten Ways to Participate in Washington Policymaking.