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How To Lobby Alaska State Government

by Thomas, Clive

416 p., 5.5 x 8

Format: Paper and electronic

Price: $24.95

2019

Lobbying is about getting the right message to the right people in the right form at the right time. Even the most persuasive arguments or most influential groups will come up short if they aren’t combined with personal connections and an understanding of human nature. How to Lobby Alaska State Government is a guide to the essentials of organizing and implementing a lobbying campaign in Alaska that recognizes how you lobby is as important as who you lobby.

This book starts by helping new lobbyists to think politically, by explaining the structure and operation of state government, the psychology and needs of public officials, and where the power lies in Juneau—who’s got political clout. It then moves into the nitty-gritty of a lobbying campaign, covering the basics of group influence, campaign planning and management, the pros and cons of various group tactics, tips on face-to-face meetings, and the challenges of lobbying day to day. In addition to extensive guidance on what to do, this book also emphasizes the things to avoid that will undermine or eliminate a lobbyist’s chances of success. Pragmatic and portable, this book will be valuable to new and professional lobbyists both, and anyone looking for fresh perspectives on this important business.

Clive S. Thomas is a senior fellow at the Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service at Washington State University. He spent thirty years in Alaska teaching politics and consulting for many lobby groups. Thomas is the author of Alaska Politics and Public Policy: The Dynamics of Beliefs, Institutions, Personalities, and Power, also published by the University of Alaska Press.

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