Social Studies - 2017-18

GOVT.8e - How Individuals Influence Policy Making at the State and Local Level

The student will apply social science skills to understand the organization and powers of the state and local governments described in the Constitution of Virginia by 

e) evaluating the effectiveness of citizen efforts to influence decisions of state and local governments by examining historical or contemporary events

Adopted: 2015

BIG IDEAS

Big Themes/Concepts: Power & Authority, Influence

To what extent do interest groups advance or harm democracy?


UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD

Citizens can exert a powerful influence on the policymaking process at the state and local levels.

ESSENTIALS

Engaged individuals can have a great impact on policymakers. 

At the state and local levels, individuals can influence public policy through 

 direct participation in public meetings 

 personal contact with elected officials 

 service on commissions and boards 

 membership in interest groups

 advocacy within the community and across Virginia.

KEY VOCABULARY

Updated: Jul 11, 2017