SOCIAL SCIENCES

Helping the Good Do Better:

Helping the Good Do Better: How a White Hat Lobbyist Advocates for Social Change. Grand Central: Twelve. Jun. 2019. 304p. ISBN 9781538700167. $28. POL SCI
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Sheridan (founder, the Sheridan Group) is a lobbyist dedicated to advocating for social issues. His group champions issues such as AIDS treatment, living with disabilities, human trafficking, and cancer research. Sheridan clearly explains the U.S. legislative process, how an issue transforms from an idea to a bill, and the strategies that he employs to reach success. He includes personal anecdotes and is frank about the challenges of advocacy. Each chapter contains a list of key takeaways and a summary of the policy and press strategies that Sheridan's team utilizes. His lobbying process emphasizes the importance of building coalitions to pass legislation and acceptance of people with different political leanings as long as they agree on the core issues. The book shines when providing examples of these all-too-rare compromises. Additional contributors offer a summary of each issue and the lobbying process, providing readers with an alternative perspective.
VERDICT An engaging primer on issue lobbying. Recommended for activists and people interested in the legislative process.

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