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GOVERNMENT

GOVT-523
The Art and Craft of Lobbying (3-4)

Course Level: Undergraduate/Graduate

The Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute (PAAI) is an intensive two-week program in major aspects of professional lobbying and influencing the policymaking process featuring speakers from the American University faculty and prominent professional lobbyists representing corporations, trade, and professional associations, public interest and other citizen groups, labor unions, as well as law and lobbying firms. The institute examines the full range of strategies and tactics pursued by organized interests and their lobbyists in attempting to gain access, obtain and exchange information, and influence policy makers in Congress and the executive branch. Student teams create a strategic lobbying plan on an important current public policy issue for a prospective client and present it to a professional panel. Prerequisite: GOVT-110 or GOVT-620, and minimum 2.5 GPA.

GOVT-523
N02
GOVERNMENT
SUMMER 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate/Graduate

The Art and Craft of Lobbying (3-4)

GOVT-523
N03
GOVERNMENT
SUMMER 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate/Graduate

The Art and Craft of Lobbying (3-4)

European Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute

This unique course introduces students to the art and craft of lobbying in the European Union (EU). Structured like the Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute (PAAI), but in a European context, during a week in Brussels, Belgium, students are immersed in the strategies, tactics, methods, techniques, regulations, and ethics of lobbying in Europe. Drawing on their rich body of experiences, prominent lobbyists involved in all aspects of their profession offer lectures on topics such as EU legal systems, rulemaking, EU relations with national capitals, EU-U.S. relations, and comparisons between U.S. and European policymaking. The course also includes a thorough introduction to the EU institutions. Students hear from faculty, European academics, international professional lobbyists, EU officials, and journalists. The speakers bring both applied and theoretical perspectives to the business of public advocacy in Europe.