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How Washington Actually Works For Dummies

How Washington Actually Works For Dummies

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Edited by Greg Rushford

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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 128 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 212mm x 12mm | 136g
  • Publication date: 21 August 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1118312953
  • ISBN 13: 9781118312957
  • Sales rank: 543,887

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Get the inside scoop on the most powerful city on Earth 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. How Washington Actually 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. It takes you inside the political process in Washington, discusses changes in recent decades, and explains how the parts fit together. You find out: Who really runs Washington Why the President's power is limited How Congress (and its committee structure) works What the bureaucrats -- the men and women behind the curtain -- do to earn your tax dollars How lobbyists, activists, and other players influence policy In a presidential election year when economic issues are center stage and the candidates will go head to head in policy debates, there's no better time to discover the ins and outs of how policy is actually made.

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Greg Rushford has been observing Washington's political scene since 1967 -- first as a student, then as a congressional aide during the 1970s, and, in recent decades, as a journalist who specializes in the politics of international trade and diplomacy.

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Get the inside scoop on the most powerful city on Earth"How Washington Actually Works For Dummies" isn't a dry explanation of the American system of government but a playbook for how the policymaking process really works: who has a seat at the table, who is on the outside wielding influence, and who implements policy after it's approved. It takes you inside the political process in Washington, discusses how the government's power has grown through the years, and explains how the parts fit together.Washington's past and present -- get a brief history of the city from its humble beginnings to its emergence as a seat of true power, and find out what life in D.C. is really like todayThe men and women behind the curtain -- acquaint yourself with federal bureaucrats, from the Executive Office of the President to the Cabinet to the federal agency workers who keep the government runningProfessional persuaders -- discover the ins and outs of what lobbyists do, what rights they have, and how they influence WashingtonThe Oval Office -- glimpse the day-to-day inner workings of the White House and how the president works with Congress, lobbyists, media, and constituentsOpen the book and find: Who really wields power in WashingtonWhy the president's influence is limitedHow a good policy idea can become a lawHow to spot a federal workerTips for getting your foot in the door in D.C.What think tanks, activists, and other D.C. players doTen ways to influence policymakingLearn to: Grasp what it's like behind the scenes in the most powerful city on EarthExperience a day in the life of CongressDiscover the workings of the White HouseMake sense of how policy ideas are born

Table of contents

Introduction 1 Chapter 1: A Brief History of Washington 5 Chapter 2: The People behind the Curtain: Federal Bureaucrats 23 Chapter 3: Professional Persuaders: Lobbyists 35 Chapter 4: Other Voices in the Debate: Outsiders, Gatecrashers, and Wallflowers 51 Chapter 5: Congress 67 Chapter 6: The Presidency 81 Chapter 7: Policymaking 95 Chapter 8: Ten Ways to Participate in Washington Policymaking 113