Syllabus - Congress, Lobbying and Grassroots Advocacy...

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Congress, Lobbying and Grassroots Advocacy Instructor: Mike Skonieczny Class: Mondays, 7 – 9 PM Phone: 202-789-0803 Email: mike@theglobalfight.org Texts How Congress Works and Why You Should Care , Lee Hamilton House and Senate , Ross K. Baker The Broken Branch: How Congress is Failing America and How to Get it Back on Track , Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein This course will provide a first-hand view of the structure and process of the United States Congress. Students will gain an in-depth knowledge of how legislation is passed, from bill introduction to final passage. It will include an analysis of the various actors in the legislative process including Members, their staff, lobbyists, and interest groups. Particular emphasis will be placed on congressional operations and how these various stakeholders influence legislation. Guest speakers, including legislative staff, lobbyists and advocates will provide their perspectives on the legislative process. Assignments will be directed towards providing a basis for working in the legislative arena. Using lectures, readings, discussions and guest speakers, students will: Gain a comprehensive understanding of how a bill becomes law, and the multiple decision points in the legislative process. Analyze the differences between the House and Senate, and how they operate. Examine and understand the roles of the various actors involved in the legislative process including Members, staff, lobbyists, interest groups and grassroots advocates. Learn about the strategies and tactics that lobbyists, interest groups and advocates use to influence the process and achieve their policy goals. Learn practical lessons from policy professionals who work inside and outside of Congress. Be able to use this information to better understand Congress and how
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This note was uploaded on 11/02/2008 for the course COMM 497E taught by Professor Skonieczny,michae during the Fall '08 term at Pennsylvania State University, University Park.

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Syllabus - Congress, Lobbying and Grassroots Advocacy...

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