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Recommended Reading

A few books and articles that advocates could find useful and/or entertaining.

In Separated by Velvet Ropes published 5/25/03 in the Hartford Courant's Northeast magazine, Kevin Rennie describes the culture and frenzy at the end of the legislative session. A former Senator, his description is vivid and accurate.

Speak Up: Tips on Advocacy for Publicly Funded Nonprofits

Doing What's Right: How to Fight For What You Believe - and Make a Difference Tavis Smiley, 2000 A handbook for advocacy from Black Entertainment host, Tavis Smiley.

All Politics is Local and Other Rules of the Game Tip O'Neill with Gary Hymel, 1994 A classic - not just for politics, but also for life.

Hardball: How Politics is Played Told by One Who Knows the Game Christopher Matthews, 1988 Also a classic. More for entertainment than actual useful info for Connecticut advocates.

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference Malcolm Gladwell, 2000 One of my favorite books. It helped me think very differently about social networks and how information gets around.

You're Too Kind: A Brief History of Flattery Richard Stengel, 2000 Again, more for entertainment than actual useful information. But it makes you think about human nature and the way we all respond better to honey than vinegar.

Real Clout: A how-to manual for community activists trying to expand healthcare access by changing public policy Judith C. Meredith, Catherine M. Dunham, 1999

The Nonprofit Lobbying Guide Bob Smucker,

The Third House: Lobbyists and Lobbying in the States Alan Rosenthal, 1993. A bit old and doesn't focus on Connecticut, but the principles are the same, if not more so.

Connecticut Government at the Millennium Gary L. Rose, 2001 An interesting perspective on Connecticut state government.

CT League of Women Voters' Guide to State Government

CT League of Women Voters' How a Bill Becomes a Law

CT Health Notes - updates on healthcare policy in Connecticut CT Health Policy Project, on-going

2002 Connecticut Health Policymaker Survey Connecticut Health Policy Project

Guide to Self Advocacy, from Statewide Legal Services of Connecticut Self-advocacy means speaking up for yourself and taking charge of your life (and scroll down).

Sorian, R and T. Baugh, Power of Information: Closing the Gap Between Research and Policy, Health Affairs, 21: 264-273, 2002.

D. Rochefort, The Role of Anecdotes in Regulating Managed Care, Health Affairs, 17:142-149, 1998. A stunning article reversing the bad reputation of anecdotes (ignorant policy wonks say the word with a sneer) and the power of personal stories. After all, our judicial system is built on anecdotes.

Weissert, CS & Weissert, WG, State legislative staff influence in health policy making, Journal of Health Policy and Law, 25:1121-48, 2000.

J. McDonough, Using and Misusing Anecdote in Policy Making, and B. Sharf, Out of the Closet and Into the Legislature: Breast Cancer Stories, Health Affairs, 20: 207-218, 2001.

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