Lobbying and Advocacy: Theory and Practice


Lobbying and Advocacy: Theory and Practice

We are pleased to offer course materials designed to help students understand how lobbying and advocacy impact the making of public policy. Created by Mark Fagan, Lecturer at Harvard Kennedy School, the materials include video lectures, podcasts, and simulation exercises, and can be used individually or together as a package.

As part of the course, students will explore the power of persuasion, as well as the skills necessary to build an effective advocacy campaign. Students will also investigate the ethics and regulation associated with lobbying. The course concludes by looking at the future of lobbying. 

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Materials for Purchase

Video Lectures
#2226.9 - August 2021

Faculty Lead and Presenter: Mark Fagan

Abstract14 video lectures--a core part of this course--cover a range of issues, from the history of lobbying to regulating the industry, and from lobbying in various geographic locations to the future of lobbying. The lectures have been distilled into five distinct modules. Each module features a set of associated video lectures (ranging from 5 to 35 minutes in length).

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#2226.4 - August 2021

Faculty Lead: Mark Fagan

Abstract: This set of 3 podcasts feature Professor Mark Fagan in conversation with leading practitioners in the field of lobbying. In addition, students will be able to watch video guidance from Director of the HKS Communications Program, Jeff Seglin on how to craft compelling op-eds.

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#2222.0 and 2223.0 August 2021

Faculty Lead: Mark Fagan

The two simulation exercises in these materials deal with fictional organizations and fictitious circumstances. They have been designed to engage students in two very different types of lobbying activities that help bring together the concepts, tools, and resources provided in the videos and podcasts and enable students to hone their lobbying skills.

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Full Course Package
#2226.0 August 2021

All materials in the course, video lectures, podcasts and simulations can be purchased together as a package for the discounted rate of $10.

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