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Politics For Dummies

Published 01-02-2020

Get up to speed on the U.S. political system

Confused by caucuses, primaries, and pollsters? Puzzled by the various parties and special interest groups? Politics For Dummies has everything you need to understand local, state, and national politics; how to communicate with your elected officials; and what your representatives can do for you. 

You’ll find out all about lobbying groups, sub-committees, the government branches, and how elections work. Also included is new information on how to use online tools and social media to find out what legislation is on the floor, what issues are before the Supreme Court, and when congress and the Supreme Court are in session.  

  • Understand the United States political system 
  • Learn more about the three branches of U.S. government  
  • Discover the differences in federal, state, and local operations 
  • Get need-to-know information for involvement 

This book cuts through the political jargon and provides clear, up-to-date details about everything from legislation to polls to presidential elections in the United States—and explains how you can become a political player yourself. 

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American Politics For Dummies - UK, UK Edition

Published 09-26-2014

American Politics For Dummies is an engaging and accessible guide to the inner workings of the U.S. government, cutting through the political jargon to give you the facts. The book begins with the basics, including government structure and processes, and later covers current events that make the news.

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Congress For Dummies

Published 09-27-2002

A clear, direct guide into the nitty-gritty workings of Congress and the way the institution really functions

Congress For Dummies
helps you sort out what Congress does on a daily basis and what it all means to you, the citizen. It shows you how to get organized, make your voice heard, and influence legislation that might affect you. Full of helpful resources such as contact information for House and Senate offices, and smart, straightforward explanations of the legislative process, this book is everything you need to understand Congress and get involved in your government.

Whether you just want to know how government works, or you want to get involved to change your country, this simple guide covers all the ins and outs of Congress. It’s a nonpartisan look at Congress that includes forewords by Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert and Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle. Inside you’ll find easy explanations and helpful tips on how to:

  • Get involved in the democratic process
  • Influence legislation that’s important to you
  • Understa nd Congress and the media
  • Contact your senators and representatives
  • Check out Congress in action, in person
  • Deal with congressional staff

Expert author David Silverberg — Managing Editor and a columnist at the Washington weekly The Hill — takes the mystery out of getting something done in Congress, introducing you to the players and explaining everything from legislation and lobbying to caucuses and coalitions. Written with the citizen advocate in mind, this helpful guide gives regular people the tools and knowledge they need to achieve their aims. Inside, you’ll discover:

  • How the three branches of government work together
  • How to register your opinion with your elected officials
  • How the legislative process works — from idea to law
  • How debates, conferences, and vetoes work
  • How budgeting and appropriations work
  • How to get the most effect from your political contributions
  • How the lobbying process works
  • How to advocate for legislation
  • How to deal with congressional staffers
  • How to make use of congressional services

Getting something done in the messy confusion of democracy and bureaucracy is no easy task. Full of the kind of information and knowledge that Washington insiders take for granted, Congress For Dummies levels the playing field so that regular people — just like you — can make a difference, too.

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