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"The three greatest strengths of this text are its readability – taking a complex activity (lobbying) and breaking it down into ten digestible steps is very appealing; examples – real life applicability that allow the instructor to get inspired and to emulate the examples & exercises; the questions at the end of the chapters." (Priscilla Allen)

"I really liked the writing style! It was warm and personable. I loved the first sentence of the introduction. I feel the authors challenge students to think critically! The discussion questions will make for interesting class discussions. I like that the author has broken the ten step process into multiple chapters. That makes it easier from a lecture standpoint! Good procedural steps, and tips on doing regional analysis. The discussion is current and easy to understand." (Louis Laster)

"The manuscript unfolds in an organic manner that generally introduces new material in the order that it will make the most sense to students. The great strength of the manuscript is its encouraging tone. The challenge we face is engaging our students for a lifetime of advocacy. We walk a fine line between giving enough information so that our students can have an initial successful advocacy experience and pouring on so much information that the task seems impossibly discouraging. In general the Handbook successfully meets this challenge." (Warren Yoder)

About the Author

Pat Libby, clinical professor, created and directs the Institute for Nonprofit Education and Research at the University of San Diego. A Boston native, she has worked as a CEO, board member, and consultant to numerous nonprofits since 1978. Prior to becoming an academic and consultant, she devoted her career to nonprofits serving economically disadvantaged people and communities in Massachusetts and California. Her last executive management position was as president/CEO of the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations, which she developed into a nationally recognized organization responsible for leveraging hundreds of millions of dollars in public and private investment for CDCs. Her experiences there led Pat to develop the strategic framework that she uses to teach students local and state lobbying as described in this book.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc (July 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412996163
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412996167
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #532,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pat Libby, Clinical Professor, created and directs the Institute for Nonprofit Education and Research at the University of San Diego, which comprises a master's program, a research center, a doctoral specialization, and community education programs focused on the third sector. USD's Nonprofit Institute was developed in 2001 through a comprehensive environmental scanning process that involved interviews, focus groups, and surveys of hundreds of actors in the nonprofit, philanthropic, and academic communities. Its pedagogy has a unique emphasis that interweaves theory with applied learning. Since its inception in fall 2002, USD's Nonprofit Institute students have completed hundreds of applied projects for nonprofit organizations.

A Boston native, Pat has served as a senior executive, board member, and consultant to numerous nonprofit organizations since 1978. Prior to becoming an academic and consultant, she devoted her career to nonprofits serving economically disadvantaged people and communities in Massachusetts and California. Her last executive management position was as President/CEO of the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations (MACDC), which she developed into a nationally recognized model for community development trade organizations. Under her auspices, MACDC leveraged hundreds of millions of dollars in public and private investment for affordable housing, commercial development, and small business lending in economically distressed areas. Her experiences there led Pat to develop the strategic framework that she uses to teach students local and state lobbying as described in this book.

Pat holds a BA in sociology from Tufts University and a graduate degree in urban planning from MIT. She lives in San Diego, California, with her husband, Mike Eichler, and dog, Frank.

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It is clear and well written.
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I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking to use the legislative process to advance social causes!
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Wow - this book covers it all.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By David Begelfer on August 16, 2011
Format: Paperback
I don't usually review books on lobbying, but that has more to do with the fact that there are few good books written on this important act of advocacy. I have been a lobbyist for a trade association for over 25 years and I would have loved to have been given a resource like Pat Libby's book when I started out in the business. Don't get me wrong, there is considerable material out there on the political process, it is just that it is not very usable to the average person interested in promoting a legislative cause or agenda.

What I like about The Lobbying Strategy Handbook is that it gives a fairly sound foundation in the basics of law making, the governmental budgeting process and lobbying. The most important part follows with a clear, "how to", ten-step advocacy campaign procedure, with some real life case studies.

The author created and directs a university institute for non-profit education in California and previously ran several non-profits, lobbying for their key issues. She clearly knows what she is writing about from first hand experiences. The reader might not qualify for a degree reading this book, but they will certainly know how to develop and promote a legislative strategy.

Lobbying is not just for the "high rollers" working the corridors of power in Washington. Pat makes this whole advocacy procedure accessible to everyone, especially on the local level. And isn't that what our democratic process is really all about - giving every citizen the abilities to make changes in the way our government works.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rjreidy2@aol.com on June 9, 2013
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Whether your interest is that of a future lobbysit, or a citizen who wants to protest or change public policy, this is a good book to start your project. Many good examples on how you might proceed in the lobbying arena.
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Utilizing the 10 Step model as outlined in The Lobbying Strategy Handbook was incredibly beneficial to improving my effectiveness as an advocate, as well as strengthening my understanding of the lobbying process and the nonprofit sector's role in it. Ultimately, I now recognize that in order to truly serve and represent the needs of our constituents, and to uphold the full responsibility of our sector, nonprofits need to be active in formally advocating for policy change. If we aren't advocating on a formal, public level we simply aren't doing our job, and no one else will do it for us.

Furthermore, I have come to recognize that the 10 Steps are applicable to many situations in which I may seek to create change--even if not at the formal policy level. Essentially the 10 Steps offer a leadership model to use in identifying a problem, proposing a solution, and building the support necessary to influence others to take action around it.

This was easy-to-read, easily navigable, and super useful!
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