From Inspiration to Legislation : How an Idea Becomes a Bill
For advanced undergraduate courses in Congress, Public Policy, Women in Politics, Federalism and as a supplementary text for introductory courses in American Government. From Inspiration to Legislation: How an Idea becomes a Bill tells the most complete story of the beginning of the legislative process and the work of those individuals who translate ideas into bills. Providing an inside view of policy initiation and policy making, this text, written by a former Congressional staff member of Melissa Hart, offers students a first-hand account of the entire process 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 two larger social services bills.
- Paperback | 256 pages
- 142.2 x 226.1 x 12.7mm | 136.08g
- 30 Jun 2006
- Pearson Education (US)
- Upper Saddle River, NJ, United States
Table of contents
1. Introduction: So You Want to Pass a Bill? 2. Re-Inventing the Wheel: Conducting Background Research. 3. Education and Alliances: Working with Organized Interests and Caucuses. 4. Power to the People: Learning from the Grassroots. 5. The Search for Solutions: Transforming Ideas into Policy.6. Winning Friends to Influence People: Co-Sponsors and Coalitions. 7. Lights, Camera, Action! Developing Media Strategy. 8. Finding a Way to the Floor: A Bill Becomes Two Laws. 9.Conclusion: From Inspiration to Legislation.