Recommended Reading

A few books and articles that advocates could find useful and/or entertaining.

In Separated by Velvet Ropes published 5/25/03 in the Hartford Courant's Northeast magazine, Kevin Rennie describes the culture and frenzy at the end of the legislative session. A former Senator, his description is vivid and accurate.

All Politics is Local and Other Rules of the Game Tip O'Neill with Gary Hymel, 1994 A classic - not just for politics, but also for life.

Hardball: How Politics is Played Told by One Who Knows the Game Christopher Matthews, 1988 Also a classic. More for entertainment than actual useful info for Connecticut advocates.

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference Malcolm Gladwell, 2000 One of my favorite books. It helped me think very differently about social networks and how information gets around.

You're Too Kind: A Brief History of Flattery Richard Stengel, 2000 Again, more for entertainment than actual useful information. But it makes you think about human nature and the way we all respond better to honey than vinegar.

The Third House: Lobbyists and Lobbying in the States Alan Rosenthal, 1993. A bit old and doesn't focus on Connecticut, but the principles are the same, if not more so.

2002 CT Health Policymaker Survey Connecticut Health Policy Project

J. McDonough, Using and Misusing Anecdote in Policy Making, and B. Sharf, Out of the Closet and Into the Legislature: Breast Cancer Stories, Health Affairs, 20: 207-218, 2001.