Legislative Strategy: Shaping Public Policy / Edition 1

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Legislative Strategy is a "how-to" book on the creation of public policy through legislative action. Written for scholars, policy makers, and activists, the book focuses on the kinds of strategic and tactical choices that policy advocates face in their attempts to influence Congress and the process of legislation. Legislative Strategy is distinctive in its discussion of the overall political environment in which public policy is crafted, as well as its analysis of how change and manipulation of rules is part of the process by which policy advocates are able to pass legislation. The authors include an extended treatment of subjects such as the flow of "legislative intelligence"; the strategic timing of bills; and the means by which Senate and House members use filibusters, delays, amendments, and protocol to manipulate legislative outcomes.
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Editorial Reviews

A guide for policy advocates and activists to influencing Congress and the legislative process. Outlines the overall political environment and the specific rules and procedures of the two houses, and examines strategies for getting an idea or program passed into law. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312051921
  • Publisher: Wadsworth
  • Publication date: 2/28/1993
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 289
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Brief Contents
1 Constructing a Legislative Campaign 1
Preparing for Battle 1
To Have or Not to Have a Bill 6
2 Contestants for Power 21
The Lobbying Community 21
The Organization of Group Support 27
Conclusion: The Washington Community 37
3 The Legislative Terrain 39
The Members 39
Staff 45
Organization 48
Conclusion: Thinking about Access 56
4 Establishing Influence 57
The "Inner Club" 57
The Outsider Strategy 70
Conclusion: Influence in the Postreform Congress 71
5 Legislative Intelligence 73
The Needs and Capabilities of Individual Members 73
The Flow of Legislative Intelligence 79
Sources of Information and Misinformation 84
Conclusion: Timing the Message 92
6 Legislative Parenthood 94
Conception, Parenthood, and Sponsorship 95
Timing the Offspring 105
Conclusion: The Politics of Bill Development 116
7 The Art of Drafting 118
The Substance of a Bill 118
The Form of a Bill 123
The Arsenal of Amendments 134
Conclusion: The Language of Compromise 139
8 Organizing Support 140
Contexts of Bargaining 140
Issue Coalitions 145
Changing Political Contexts 155
Conclusion: Establishing a Bargaining Position 158
9 Managing Committee Action 159
The Hearings: Staging and Performance 160
Performance at the Hearings 170
Markup 175
Conclusion: Taking It to the Floor 180
10 The War on the Floor 182
Setting the Stage 182
The Talking 187
The Voting 192
11 The Road to Law 202
Resolving Differences between the House and Senate 202
The President Votes 211
Conclusion: The Veto Waltz 219
12 Executing the Law 221
Bureaucratic Sabotage 222
Congress and the Courts 227
Social Vetoes 234
Conclusion: Law and Social Combat 236
13 Reforming the System 237
The Congressional Contestants 238
Reforming Congressional Structure 240
Changing Rules and Procedures 242
Notes 245
Author Index 277
Subject Index 283
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