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Policy 101: A not-so-boring look at how government works.
K. EVERSOLE (1). (1) Eversole Associates, Bethesda, MD, U.S.A.

In an increasingly bipartisan political climate filled with repeated stalemates over the budget policy of the United States and other countries, it is reasonable to ponder whether scientists can have an impact on governmental policies or on science, education, and extension funding decisions. Whether one is “inside the beltway” or beyond the suburbs of Washington, it is hard to not become disillusioned with the political process. Despite the disenchantment, with a little knowledge and the right tools, it remains possible for ordinary citizens and scientists to affect change in policies and funding. This presentation will provide a brief refresher on how laws are made, with a focus on the steps that lead to appropriation of funds for scientific research. The inner workings of the United States federal government will be viewed from an insider’s perspective. Importantly, a constructive discussion about engagement in the political process and the tools needed for engagement will be presented.<p><p>Keywords:

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