People Skills For Policy Analysts / Edition 1

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Overview

Policymaking is of its very nature a people-centered business-a good reason why highly effective policy analysts display not only superb technical expertise but excellent people skills as well. Those "people skills" include the ability to manage professional relationships, to learn from others about policy issues, to give presentations, to work in teams, to resolve conflict, to write for multiple audiences, and to engage in professional networking. Training programs for policy analysts often focus on technical skills. By working to enhance their people skills, policy analysts can increase their ability to produce technical work that changes minds. Fortunately, this unique book fills the gaps in such programs by covering the "people side" of policy analysis.

Beyond explaining why people skills matter, this book provides practical, easy-to-follow advice on how policy analysts can develop and use their people skills. Each chapter provides a Skill Building Checklist, discussion ideas, and suggestions for further reading. People Skills is essential reading for anyone engaged in public policymaking and public affairs as well as all policy analysts. Completely changing how we think about what it means to be an effective policy analyst, People Skills for Policy Analysts provides straightforward advice for students of policy analysis and public management as well as practitioners just starting their professional lives.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780878409006
  • Publisher: Georgetown University Press
  • Publication date: 2/26/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 0.64 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Mintrom is an associate professor in the Department of Political Studies at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, and the author of Policy Entrepreneurs and School Choice. He has written extensively on policy and policymaking and has served as a consultant to universities, government agencies, private sector firms, and philanthropic foundations. Earlier in his career, he spent several years as a policy analyst in the New Zealand Treasury. In 2001, Mintrom received the Policy Studies Organization's Miriam Mills Award for an outstanding young person in the field of policy studies.

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Table of Contents

Preface

1. Policy Analysts and People Skills

2. Manging Your Resources

3. Building Expert Knowledge

4. Interviewing Informants

5. Giving Presentations

6. Working in Teams

7. Facilitating Meetings

8. Writing for Multiple Audiences

9. Conflict Management

10. Professional Networking

11. Pursuing Excellence

AppendixBibliographyIndex

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2004

    Excellent Policy Text

    This book has many practical suggestions for how to succeed as a policy analyst. Mintrom explains the importance of managing interpersonal relations -- going beyond the usual technical concerns of policy textbooks. Networking, writing for multiple audiences, managing your career, building expert policy knowledge, working in teams, giving presentations, running meetings, are all covered. He shows the relevance of the chapters through statements from policy analysts. It is a great book for practitioners, as well as students in policy courses.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2003

    A New Approach

    This is not the standard rational choice take on policy analysis. Instead, it focuses on politics, bargaining, etc. I would like to see more practical applications in the book. But overall it is quite useful when if it were to be used with a book that has more practical tools and cases.

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