America, the Owner's Manual

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Watch Senator Graham on The Colbert Report! The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30cShe Said, CIA Said - Bob Grahamcolbertnation.com Click here to preview chapter 1.Professors: Order your exam copy today by clicking on the &BAD:"Request an Exam Copy&BAD:" link above.Would you teach someone to play basketball using just chalkboard diagrams? Or would you get them on the court and have them play? In basketball, the answer is easy&BAD:-you do both. So why teach politics only as a spectator sport?Senator Bob Graham believes that students should expand on their classroom learning about the political system: he spurs them to hit the court and actually play the game. If students work on an issue they care about, politics will become a meaningful and positive experience. This short, how-to guide takes students out of theoretical discussions of policy and into a world where they can affect change. Graham&BAD:rs"s goal is to have students identify a problem, and then walk them through each step from researching the issue, to getting others involved, to engaging the media. Each chapter starts with a real case, showing citizens tackling a step in the process, and ends with a summary checklist and a series of questions that help students put Graham&BAD:rs"s game plan in action. By offering students concrete guidance, an array of resources, and advice for troubleshooting and overcoming barriers, this compact user&BAD:rs"s guide gets students way beyond textbook learning.Thirty-five years ago, as a member of the Florida Legislature, Bob Graham took on the challenge of civic education for eighteen weeks at a Miami-area high school. His time as both a governor and a senator has only strengthened his resolve to pique students&BAD:rs" curiosity about politics and teach them to get what they want from government.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xv
Prologue: Student Governmentp. 1
The District of Columbia and Neighborhood Democracyp. 2
Town vs. Gownp. 4
Campaign Georgetownp. 6
A Permanent Campaignp. 13
Introduction: In the Arenap. 17
What's Your Problem? Defining the Challenge That Active Citizenship Can Solvep. 29
Case in Point: A Road through the Mountainsp. 29
How to Define the Problemp. 34
Look with a Telescope, Not a Microscopep. 36
Focus the Telescope if Necessaryp. 36
Define the Problem in Political Termsp. 37
Define the Problem in Public Termsp. 37
Repeat, Repeat, Repeat the Problemp. 38
Checklist for Actionp. 39
Exercisep. 39
Just the Facts, Ma'am: Gathering Information to Sway Policymakersp. 40
Case in Point: Stormy Weatherp. 40
The Information-Gathering Processp. 45
Why Conduct Research?p. 46
Enhance Credibilityp. 46
Avoid Redundancyp. 47
Locate Precedentp. 48
Achieve Collateral Benefitsp. 48
Effective Research: A Step-by-Step Guidep. 50
Above All, Stay Crediblep. 50
Utilize Every Source Possible, but Stay on Targetp. 52
Harness the Power of Real Peoplep. 58
Final Thoughtsp. 60
Checklist for Actionp. 62
Exercisep. 62
The Buck Stops Where? Identifying Who in Government Can Fix Your Problemp. 63
Case in Point: Putting the "Be" in South Beachp. 63
You Know the Problem-Who Has the Solution?p. 72
Aiming at the Right Targetp. 73
Determine Which Level of Government Is Involvedp. 73
Pinpoint Your Specific Targets within the Proper Level of Governmentp. 82
Checklist for Actionp. 86
Exercisesp. 87
Testing the Waters: Gauging and Building Public Support for Your Causep. 93
Case in Point: Reversal of Fortune in Steamboat Springsp. 93
Why Does Public Opinion Matter?p. 98
Determine the Level of Supportp. 99
Identify the Arguments Most Likely to Resonate with the Publicp. 100
"Micro-Target" Specific Groups of Persuadable Officials or Citizensp. 101
Get the Most Bang for Your Campaign Buckp. 103
How Do I Determine What Public Opinion Is?p. 104
Pollingp. 104
Other Methods of Measuring Public Opinionp. 108
Conclusion: Putting Public Opinion Data to Good Usep. 114
Checklist for Actionp. 114
Exercisesp. 115
Winning Friends and Influencing People: How to Persuade the Decision Makerp. 122
Case in Point: Getting MADD at Drunk Driversp. 122
Influencing and Persuading the Decision Makerp. 128
Define the Relationship with the Decision Maker before You Create Itp. 129
Follow the Chain of Commandp. 130
Respect Professional Staffp. 131
Know the Decision Maker before You Begin to Lobbyp. 131
Understand Internal Politics and Dynamicsp. 134
Do Your Homework-Always Be Crediblep. 135
Maximize Your Face-to-Face Opportunities with the Decision Makerp. 136
Don't Assume that the Final Decision Maker Is the Right Targetp. 140
Don't Let the Perfect Be the Enemy of the Goodp. 142
Checklist for Actionp. 142
Exercisesp. 143
Timing Is Everything: Using the Calendar to Achieve Your Goalsp. 144
Case in Point: A Lesson from the U.S. Senatep. 144
Manage the Clockp. 147
Be Aware of Fixed Deadlines-and Start Long in Advancep. 147
Study the Budgetp. 149
Think in Terms of "Best Time" to Achieve Your Goalp. 151
Take Advantage of Trends, Cycles, and Deadlinesp. 152
Checklist for Actionp. 158
Exercisesp. 159
All for One, and One for All: Coalitions for Citizen Successp. 160
Case in Point: The Orange Hats of Fairlawnp. 160
The Fairlawn Coalition: Getting Startedp. 162
From Marching to Patrollingp. 162
Bringing the Police into the Processp. 164
On Patrolp. 165
Police Patrols and Citizen Patrolsp. 168
Staying Togetherp. 168
Building Your Own Coalition: A Step-by-Step Guide to Forging an Effective Alliancep. 170
Define the Problem Specifically and Attract the Widest Possible Coalitionp. 170
What Comes First-the Coalition or the Solution?p. 172
Know Your Friends and Your Enemiesp. 174
Have a Simple, Direct Message-and Repeat, Repeat, Repeatp. 176
Pick a Strong Champion to Celebrate Your Causep. 177
Be Vigilant in Keeping the Coalition Togetherp. 179
Checklist for Actionp. 181
Exercisesp. 181
All Your News Is Fit to Print: Engaging the Mediap. 183
Case in Point: Max Rameau's Missionp. 183
Getting to Know the Mediap. 186
Newspapersp. 189
Televisionp. 193
Radiop. 196
Multicultural Mediap. 198
The Internet and Blogsp. 199
Persuading the Press: Designing and Implementing Your Media Planp. 202
Know Your Goals, Message, and Media Audiencep. 203
Do Your Homeworkp. 204
Walk a Mile in the Media's Shoesp. 205
Make Contactp. 207
Take Multiple Bites at the Applep. 209
Stay Credible at All Costsp. 210
Distribute Your Own Messagep. 210
Checklist for Actionp. 213
Exercisesp. 213
The Price of Progress: Finding the Resources to Support Your Initiativep. 215
Case in Point: Nothing But Netsp. 215
The Most Popular Labor-Saving Devicep. 218
Paying for Your Initiative: A User's Guide to Successful Financingp. 220
Determine How Much Money You Will Need to Meet Your Goalsp. 220
Know the Law-or Enlist the Help of Someone Who Doesp. 225
Establish a Campaign Finance Infrastructurep. 229
Ask, Ask, and Ask Againp. 231
The Special Case of the Internetp. 235
Checklist for Actionp. 236
Exercisesp. 237
You've Won! You've Lost: Preserving Victory and Learning from Defeatp. 239
Case in Point: A Victory Born in East L.A.p. 239
If You Have Won: Capitalizing on Victoriesp. 246
Look over Your Shoulderp. 246
Close the Doors Correctlyp. 248
Say Thank Youp. 249
Chronicle the Campaignp. 251
Turn Opponents into Friendsp. 252
Think about Next Month and Next Yearp. 253
If You Have Lost: Recovering from Defeatp. 255
Apply the Same Techniques as the Winners-but Sometimes in Reversep. 255
Diagnose the Problem and Fix Itp. 256
If at First You Don't Succeed, Try, Try Againp. 257
Checklist for Actionp. 257
Exercisesp. 258
Indexp. 259
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