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Christopher M. Vance
PB AF 501
Seattle Campus

Legislative Relations

Studies role of legislative bodies in American public policy making. Builds on case studies and focuses on tactics, constraints, and options involved in working within a legislative process to achieve public policy goals.

Class description

Virtually everyone who works in or around public policy, whether in the public, private, or non-profit sector will eventually be asked to work in the legislative arena. To do so successfully one must understand how public policy analysis, raw politics, and parliamentary procedures intersect. This course, taught by a former State Legislator, County Councilmember, and Congressional Staffer, is designed to give participants real world training in the American legislative process. The focus will be on the Washington State Legislature, but we will also study the workings of the US House and Senate, and unicameral local legislative bodies. The goal is that upon completion of the course, students will not only understand how the legislative process really works, they will actually be prepared to work as an entry level Legislative Relations professional.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Christopher M. Vance
Date: 11/11/2013