Date of Graduation
Master of Public Administration (MPA)
Steven M. Neuse
Robert L. Savage
Second Committee Member
James C. Malachowski
Government, policy, political influence
In early civics lessons Americans are taught that theirs is a system of participatory government, that one person's vote does have meaning, and that by making views known to representatives they will be acted upon. They are taught about the governmental process, the steps involved in legislation, the function of the judicial and executive branches, and the means of political participation. Seemingly, they are given a working knowledge of government in action. What they are not made aware of during these lessons is that there are systems within the system and certain unwritten rules which must be followed in order to experience any degree of success in the political realm.
Hayes, Rhonda Q., "Small Groups and Political Influence: A Case Study" (1989). Theses and Dissertations. 2723.