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ERIC Number: EJ827358
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0190-2946
Lobbying for Contingent Faculty Interests
Byrd, Nicole
Academe, v94 n6 p37-38 Nov-Dec 2008
Lobbying has become a dirty word thanks to well-publicized cases involving lobbyists such as Jack Abramoff. However, advocating for one's positions is a positive act of civic engagement. The right to petition the government is enshrined in the Constitution, and lawmakers depend on interaction with constituents to know what the people they represent think about specific policy matters. Elected officials also benefit from the expertise of those who have spent their professional lives specializing in a given field. Communication between citizens and those who make decisions on their behalf is essential to democracy. This article offers a few basic pointers to help one maximize his/her effectiveness when communicating with elected officials. Above all, one should remember that each interaction is a step toward building a lasting relationship with his/her representatives.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A