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Does the President Govern from a Bubble in Washington, D.C.?

All rulers risk losing touch with the people they rule, and today’s president in Washington, D.C., protected by a phalanx of Secret Service agents and handpicked supporters at every public event, inevitably [more…]

How Money Influences Campaigning and Policymaking in Washington, D.C.

Running for president of the United States is very expensive — and becoming increasingly so. The Center for Responsive Politics in Washington, D.C., estimated that the 2008 presidential campaigns cost [more…]

How Swing States Gain Disproportionate Power in Washington, D.C.

Most presidential aspirants strive to be elected, and most incumbents already in Washington, D.C., strive to be reelected. Inevitably, the electoral system exercises a strong influence over a presidential [more…]

How Party Politics Influence Elections in Washington, D.C.

U.S. political parties in Washington, D.C., are less hierarchical than parliamentary systems of government and usually have multiple centers of power. For the party in power in a parliamentary system, [more…]

The President’s Typical Day in Washington, D.C.

Excerpted from How Washington Actually Works For Dummies

What does the president do in a typical day in Washington, D.C., — if such a thing exists? These days, you can actually check the president’s official [more…]

How Washington, D.C., Governs National Security, Manages the Budget, and Promotes Trade

Many of the Washington, D.C., institutions that make up the Executive Office of the President (EOP) are integral parts of the federal government. Some of the more important offices in the EOP deal with [more…]

How Congress Oversees Policy Implementation in Washington, D.C.

Checks and balances are a core tenet of the U.S. political system in Washington, D.C., written in by the Founding Fathers. The three branches of government check on each other and balance each other so [more…]

How the Interagency Process in Washington, D.C., Works

An example of checks and balances in Washington, D.C., is the way in which the different parts of a single branch of government interact. In the executive branch, agencies that have overlapping jurisdiction [more…]

How Washington, D.C., Insiders Wield Power and Influence

Nobody ever said that Washington, D.C., was a simple place. The diversity of stakeholders involved in the policymaking process, and the innumerable forms of interaction among stakeholders within government [more…]

How to Stay Informed about Policymaking in Washington, D.C.

Before you even consider getting your hands dirty playing the policymaking game in Washington, D.C., it’s important to become knowledgeable about the issues at hand. Your voice will be more respected if [more…]

Run for Congress (or become a Staffer) to Influence Policy in Washington, D.C.

Call it old-fashioned, but if you want to craft policy in Washington, D.C., consider positioning yourself to become a policymaker. Running for office isn’t for the faint of heart [more…]

How to Influence Washington, D.C.: Contact Your Congressperson

You don't have to live in Washington, D.C., to participate in U.S. policymaking. Almost all citizens, no matter where they live, are already represented in the policymaking debate through their local House [more…]

Influence Policy in Washington, D.C.: Get a Federal Government Job

Federal bureaucrats are vital cogs in the policymaking machine in Washington, D.C. They write regulations, enforce the rules, and interact with all manner of public and private sector stakeholders. If [more…]

Influence Policy Washington, D.C.: Join an Interest Group

Perhaps you want to do more in Washington, D.C., than make the occasional congressional cold call, but you aren’t up for devoting your whole life to becoming a Washington insider. That’s where interest [more…]

Influence Policy in Washington, D.C.: Be an Activist for a Day

Getting the attention of policymakers in Washington, D.C., can be difficult, especially when they blow past you in a window-tinted Suburban at 50 miles per hour on a residential street. [more…]

Influence Policy in Washington, D.C.: Be a Lobbyist for a Day

Lobbying in Washington, D.C., isn’t just for the professionals. Anyone can pick up the phone and ask to meet a member of Congress or administration official. [more…]

Influence Policy in Washington, D.C.: Be a Citizen Journalist

Ordinary Americans are playing an increasing role in enhancing political media coverage, which plays a major part in how Washington, D.C., and policymaking function. The easiest way to get started is to [more…]

Influence Policy in Washington, D.C.: Join the Washington Establishment

Maybe you think working in Washington, D.C., is the life for you. Welcome to the Washington establishment. Joining the club takes hard work, persistence, and luck, but every year countless young folks [more…]

What Is Gerrymandering?

Gerrymandering is the act of redrawing the lines of a congressional district to give one political party a voting advantage over another. Technically, gerrymandering is illegal, but it's hard to prove. [more…]

How British Parliament Actually Works

The United Kingdom is both a parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy. A Parliamentary democracy is government which is voted into power by the people, to act on their behalf. A Constitutional [more…]

How the Election Process Works in the United Kingdom

In the United Kingdom (UK), candidates and parties compete for 650 seats in the House of Commons with the overall goal of creating government for the next five years. The Prime Minister is selected as [more…]

Jimmy Carter, President and Humanitarian

James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr., grew from the rural south to become peanut mogul, a state senator, the governor of Georgia, and eventually the 39th President of the United States. Though some might consider [more…]

George Herbert Walker Bush: From Navy Blue to White House

George Herbert Walker Bush was born in 1924 into one of the most prominent families in the United States, a wealthy family committed to civil service. His parents instilled in him a sense of civic obligation [more…]

Political Topics to Study for the Miller Analogies Test (MAT)

Whether you love the intricacies of politics or loathe them, you need to brush up on political science knowledge for the MAT. When studying for the MAT, you may find that’s interesting to learn more about [more…]

Succession Plans for the British Monarchy

The line of succession to the British throne is the ordered sequence of all those people eligible to succeed to the United Kingdom and the other 15 Commonwealth realms. Historically, the throne passes [more…]


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