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
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.
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.