Politics For Dummies: Edition 2

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Whether you understand politics or not, it still affects your life in very real ways. But American politics can be confusing. What’s a caucus? How do primaries work? How can you sift through all the babble to get to the truth?

Politics For Dummies offers all these answers and more. And it’s not just for political novices; even those with a firm understanding of politics can use this book to fill out their knowledge of the little complexities – from how the Electoral College works to campaign contribution limits. If you have little or no knowledge of politics, don’t worry. Most people need answers just like you do, that’s why this book helps you:

  • Pick the candidate who best represents your views
  • Donate time or money to a campaign
  • Let your representatives know how you feel
  • Run for office yourself

This simple, friendly guide offers the kind of straight talk on politics you won’t get from a politician. It covers the nuts and bolts of the political process so you’ll have a working knowledge of the system. It shows you how to get involved at the grass-roots level and explains the rationale behind the two-party system. It helps you parse the propaganda to get at the truth and offers a complete explanation of presidential politics. Politics For Dummies covers these topics and many more:

  • How public opinion polls work
  • How money influences policy
  • Why your opinion really does count
  • How to donate to political campaigns and causes
  • Contacting your representatives
  • Politics on the Internet
  • Choosing parties and candidates
  • Lobbyists and special interest groups
  • How candidates sell themselves
  • How negative campaigning works
  • What happened in the 2000 presidential election

You’ll also find fun and helpful extras like famous political quotes, the ten things you should teach your children about politics, and voting requirements for every state. Democracy won’t work for if you don’t participate in it. So pick up Politics For Dummies, get informed, and get involved. Your country will thank you!

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Ann DeLaney is the first woman to be nominated by a major party as a candidate for lieutenant governor of Indiana. She has also served as commissioner of the Marion Superior Court.

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John Wiley & Sons
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Published on
Mar 16, 2011
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Pages
360
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ISBN
9781118053089
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Language
English
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Genres
Political Science / General
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The simplest way to get to grips with the American political system

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The world of American politics can be bewildering to anyone not born and bred in the U.S.A. This plain-English guide is perfect whether you are a student or simply fascinated by the world's most powerful democracy. From the electoral process to 'special relationships', you discover all you need to know with American Politics For Dummies.

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British Politics For Dummies includes:

Part 1: The Basics of Politics
Chapter 1: Taking in the Political Universe
Chapter 2: Understanding Why Politics and Politicians are Important
Chapter 3: Looking at Democracy & Participation
Chapter 4: Examining Different Political Ideologies
Chapter 5: Forming of the British Political State

Part 2: Elections and Britain's Parties
Chapter 6: Electoral & voting systems
Chapter 7: Voting Behaviour & Trends
Chapter 8: Honing in on Political Parties
Chapter 9: Pressure Groups
Chapter 10: Politics & the Media

Part 3: The Ins & Outs of Parliament
Chapter 11: Britain's Constitution
Chapter 12: Examining Britain's Parliamentary Democracy
Chapter 13: Gazing at the Summit: the PM and Cabinet
Chapter 14: Ministers & Civil Servants
Chapter 15: The Courts & The Judiciary
Chapter 16: Laying Bear Devolution & Local Government
Chapter 17: Joining the Lawmakers: Becoming a Politician

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Chapter 18: Understanding Britain's Place in the World
Chapter 19: Taking in the International Stage
Chapter 20: Expanding Your Horizons: Europe
Chapter 21: Leading the Free World: US Politics

Part 5: Parts of Ten
Chapter 22: Ten Significant Prime Ministers
Chapter 23: Ten Major Political Scandals
Chapter 24: Ten Events Which Formed the Modern Political World
Chapter 25: Ten Political Trends for the Future

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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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Understand the Australian political system and make your vote count

Get to grips with the good, the bad and the ugly of Australian politics! Whether you're a seasoned political punter or a voting novice, this is your essential guide to understanding politics in Australia. Master the ins and outs of elections, parties and policies, and learn to discuss the big issues in no time. You have to vote — now learn whyand how.

Decipher political terminology — clear explanations of the houses of parliament, voting systems and more

Learn how Australia's political system evolved — how Westminster and Washington were combined to produce 'Washminster'

Appreciate parliamentary roles — what the Whips do and just what the Usher of the Black Rod is

Find out who holds the purse strings — how federal and state governments work out who pays for what

Understand how political parties work — the differences between Labor and Liberal, and what coalition politics is

Discover what's meant by the balance of power — how minor parties and independents contribute to politics

Determine how your vote is counted — the difference between preferential voting and proportional representation

Work out the media's role — how the media reports, interprets and sways political outcomes

Open the book and find:

Key points about past and current political hot topics

Explanations of the Australian Constitution, including the crisis of 1975

Plans of the houses of parliament so you know who sits where

Analysis of how the major Australian political parties came about

A concise description of the electoral pendulum

Graphic descriptions of the different ballot papers

A comprehensive glossary of political terms and jargon

Learn to:

Identify what makes the Australianpolitical system tick

Distinguish between the differentpolitical parties

Understand the influence of the media in Australian politics

Cast your vote with confidence

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