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Politics and advocacy

Authors: VeneKlasen, L. & Miller, V.

This chapter helps you bring to the surface some of the misgivings about what is ‘political’ in order to establish a level of comfort with the subject. This lays the foundation for further learning and action. 

This Guide is based on an understanding of politics that bridges formal and informal institutions, processes, values and expressions of political life.

The exercises in this chapter are also useful for more experienced activists who may think of politics only in terms of formal public decisionmaking such as political parties, legislatures, and government. The exercises can help to extend their political thinking to the informal realms of decisionmaking in organizations, communities, and families.