Politics: The Starter Kit

How to Succeed in Politics and Government

by Jim Nowlan



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 6/21/2023

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 78
ISBN : 9798823010191
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 78
ISBN : 9798823010207

About the Book

This book is for persons new to politics and government, or who are interested in becoming involved. The goal is to provide “how to” guidance and lessons learned that can help you succeed in public life. This is a “starter kit.” I draw in part on my own career over half a century in Illinois and D.C.—as an intern; legislative staffer; state legislator; statewide candidate; senior aide to three governors of Illinois; state agency director on three occasions; campaign manager for a U.S. senator (successful) and presidential candidate (interesting); lobbyist; newspaper columnist, and professor (see bio sketch at back).

About the Author

Jim is a jack-of-all-trades in Illinois public affairs. He has been an Illinois legislator, statewide candidate, state agency director, senior aide to three Illinois governors, campaign manager for U.S. Senate and presidential candidates, professor, newspaper publisher and columnist. Jim received his BA, MA and PhD degrees in political science, with minors in economics, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Whenever kicked out of government or politics, Jim has taken refuge as a senior fellow at the University’s Institute of Government and Public Affairs. He has also taught in the American politics field at the U. of I. in both Urbana and Chicago, Knox College and Northern Illinois University. Jim has been a “foreign expert” (visiting professor) with the School of International Relations and Public Affairs at Fudan University in Shanghai on three occasions. In China, Jim taught courses in American politics and public management. When in China, Jim gave invited lectures at major universities throughout China, including at Beijing, Nanjing, Suzhou and Northwestern (Xian) universities. Jim is the author or co-author of eight books, including Illinois Politics (University of Illinois Press, 2010; under revision for a 3d edition, 2023) and Fixing Illinois (U. of I. Press, 2015). Jim recently completed a four-year term as member, then chair, of the Illinois Executive Ethics Commission. Jim’s 400 newspaper columns and other writings can be seen at jimnowlan.net.