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Policymaking on Capitol Hill is only one part of the equation. Congress regularly enacts vague legislation, which leaves addressing policy details to the discretion of executive branch agencies. Rules, regulations, executive orders, and a variety of other mechanisms have a significant impact on an organization’s bottom line, be it public or private. Another key element of the policy process is the agenda set by the White House, whether formally through the budget or informally via the bully pulpit.

This “insider’s” guide to the White House focuses on the many dimensions of executive power—from the White House to Executive Branch agencies—to help you position your organization to participate in the policy conversations that matter. Take this course along with Inside Congress to get an extensive, front row view of how the federal government really works.

This course is required for the Certificate in Policy Strategy.

The agenda for Inside the White House is highly topical. Future programs will be linked to major political and policy issues.

Praise for this course

“It’s been a long time since civics in eighth grade. Inside Washington gave me a broader understanding of not just the textbook way that Washington works but how it really works."

"An experience you just don't get anywhere else. Brookings has clout."

*Formerly known as Inside Washington: Understanding Federal Decision-Making

Program Benefits:

  • Read current White House priorities
  • Strengthen your grasp of who makes policy and how they do it
  • Develop organizational strategies that account for government decision makers beyond those found in Congress
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