The Democracy Owners' Manual: A Practical Guide to Changing the World

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Rutgers University Press, 2002 - 240 Seiten

2003 Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award
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For citizens seeking to take an active role in the affairs of their community--whether improving local schools, forcing clean-up of a polluted river, or weighing in on the debate over economic globalization -- the challenge of activism can be daunting. Civic activists need to understand both the issues involved and how to take effective public action, often against enormous odds. The Democracy Owners' Manual is a unique, hands-on guide for people who want to change public policy at the local, state, or national level. A combination of policy and advocacy basics, the book offers a clear presentation of the issues and debates activists are likely to encounter as well as a lucid, example-rich guide to effective strategies and actions.

Newcomers to advocacy work will find Jim Shultz's book an invaluable treasure chest of ideas and stimulating stories to help them tackle the issues they care about. Veterans of public advocacy and activism will find the book to be a valuable source for fresh ideas and an indispensable tool for teaching and training others in the art of social activism. The book also uniquely lends itself for university courses in political science, public administration, social work, public health, environmental studies, and other disciplines that touch on public policy and political change.

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Five Key Debates That Democracies
3
The Rules of Politics
17
Taxes and Budgets Following the Money
30
Making Public Rules for Business and the Marketplace
44
Civil Rights and Criminal Wrongs Societys Rules
57
Tools for Democracys Activists
69
Social Change
96
Messages and Media Democracys Megaphones
132
Lobbying The Art of Influencing Public Officials
157
Initiatives The Power of the Ballot
180
The Internet Democracys Newest Tool
197
Conclusion
213
Notes
223
Index
233
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Über den Autor (2002)

Jim Shultz is the executive director of The Democracy Center. Formerly an assistant to the California Legislature and a California lobbyist with Common Cause and Consumers Union, Shultz has trained thousands of civic advocates in the United States, Latin America, and Africa.

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