Writing Public Policy: A Practical Guide to Communicating in the Policy Making Process / Edition 2

Writing Public Policy: A Practical Guide to Communicating in the Policy Making Process / Edition 2

by Catherine F Smith
     
 


An accessible, hands-on approach to planning, creating, and assessing public policy documents--now updated with material on online communication

Now in a new edition, Writing Public Policy is a practical, concise guide to writing and communicating in public policy processes. Designed to help students understand and perform common types

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An accessible, hands-on approach to planning, creating, and assessing public policy documents--now updated with material on online communication

Now in a new edition, Writing Public Policy is a practical, concise guide to writing and communicating in public policy processes. Designed to help students understand and perform common types of communication used in solving public problems, this text explains the standards and functions of communicating in the public sector and teaches the use of selected public policy communication genres. Catherine F. Smith presents a general method for planning, producing, and assessing communications in a variety of real-life contexts and situations of public policy work.

New to the second edition:

* The text is updated to meet the needs of today's tech-savvy students, and now features a new appendix on adapting policy writing to the Web
* Examples show policy problems from a global perspective, and U.S. policy making by all levels of government
* A new appendix on clear writing
* A new companion website (www.oup.com/us/smith) offers additional guidance and writing samples

Hands-on and accessible, Writing Public Policy, Second Edition, teaches know-how and techniques needed to effectively communicate in the democratic process of making public policy. It is a particularly useful tool for any student preparing for a career in politics, government, public relations, law, public policy, journalism, social work, public health, or in any role concerned with public affairs.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195379822
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
09/17/2009
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
198
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: How to Use This Book
List of Writing Samples
Chapter 1: Public Policy Making
Key Concepts Case 1: Milk Labeling Case 2: Budgeting
Figure 1: The Public Policy Cycle
Summary and Preview References Further Reading
Chapter 2: Communication in the Process
Key Concepts Cultural Context: Actors, Roles, and Communication Practices Professionals Inside Government Professionals Outside Government Active Citizens A General Method of Communicating in a Public Process Two Checklists Summary and Preview Reference Further Reading
Chapter 3: Definition: Frame the Problem
Key Concepts How to Define a Policy Problem
Purpose A: Get a Problem onto the Public Agenda by Advocacy
Three Examples with Scenarios
Purpose B: Aid Policy Choice by Analysis of Solutions
Two Examples Summary and Preview References
Chapter 4: Legislative History: Know the Record
Key Concepts How to Conduct Legislative Research and Write a Legislative History General Tips for Using Government Information Libraries Three Examples Summary and Preview
Chapter 5: Position Paper: Know the Arguments
Key Concepts How to Argue in a Position Paper Two Examples Outline of the Argument to Expand the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) in the United States Ooutline of the Argument for UNICEF Involvement in Creating Social Protection Systems in Eastern and Southern Africa Summary and Preview Reference Further Reading
Chapter 6: Petitions and Proposals: Request Action or Propose Policy
Key Concept How to Ask for Action or Propose Policy on Behalf of a Group Four Examples Summary and Preview References
Chapter 7: Briefing Memo or Opinion Statement: Inform Policy Makers
Key Concepts How to Inform Policy Makers in a Briefing Memo or Opinion Statement More Examples Summary and Preview
Chapter 8: Testimony: Witness In a Public Hearing
Key Concepts How to Deliver Oral Testimony Based on a Written Statement Two Examples with Scenarios Summary and Preview References
Chapter 9: Written Public Comment: Influence Administration
Key Concept How to Write a Public Comment Three Examples with Scenarios Summary and Preview
Conclusion: Continuity and Change
Key Concepts Summary and Looking Forward References
Appendix A: Public Policy Writing for the Web
Appendix B: Clear Writing
Index

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