Senator Graham calls for greater citizen involvement

08/26/09 Robert Lorei
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Our next guest, former US Senator Bob Graham, has written a new book promoting civic engagement. Graham spent decades as a public servant, both in Florida and Washington DC. He is now focusing his efforts on training the next generation of public leaders and getting them engaged with the political system to effect change.

In this how-to guide of America, The Owner’s Manual: Making the Government Work for You (CQ Press, March 2009), readers are taken out of theoretical discussions of policy and into a world where they can affect change. Graham’s goal is to have readers identify a problem, and then walk them through each step from researching the issue, to getting others involved, to engaging the media. Each chapter starts with a real case, showing citizens tackling a step in the process, and ends with a summary checklist and a series of questions that help readers put Graham’s game plan in action. By offering concrete guidance, an array of resources, and advice for troubleshooting and overcoming barriers, this compact user’s guide gets readers way beyond traditional learning.

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