Writing Public Policy A Practical Guide to Communicating in the Policy-Making Process

ISBN-10: 0195145070
ISBN-13: 9780195145076
Edition: 2005
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Description: Writing Public Policy is a practical, concise guide to writing and communicating in the public policy processes. Intended to help students understand and perform common types of communication used in solving public problems, this text explains the  More...

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Book details

List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/17/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.396

Writing Public Policy is a practical, concise guide to writing and communicating in the public policy processes. Intended 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. A 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, this text teaches skills and techniques needed to effectively communicate in the democratic process of making public policy. Presenting a general method for planning, producing, and assessing communications in a variety of real-life contexts and situations, this text includes: scenarios to illustrate the complexity in policy processes, including their diversity of contexts, the variety of actors involved, and the range of communication types produced; sample documents illustrating examples of public policy communication within different realms including state legislatures, non-profit organizations, governmentcommittees, special interest groups, and professional associations; commentary relating the scenarios and examples to the general method; and specific instructions for producing particular written or spoken communication types that are utilized in public policy processes.

Preface
Introduction: How to Use This Book
Public Policy Making
Scenario
What This Scenario Shows
Communication in the Process
Standards
Players and Their Roles
A General Method of Communicating in a Public Process
Two Checklists
Definition: Frame the Problem
Three Scenarios
How to Define a Policy Problem
Four Examples
Legislative History: Know the Record
Two Scenarios
How to Conduct Legislative Research and Write a Legislative History
Two Examples
Position Paper: Know the Arguments
Two Scenarios
How to Argue in a Position Paper
Example
Petitions and Proposals: Request Action or Propose Policy
Three Scenarios
How to Ask for Action or Propose Policy on Behalf of a Group
Three Examples
Briefing Memo or Opinion Statement: Inform Policy Makers
Two Scenarios
How to Inform Policy Makers in a Briefing Memo or Opinion Statement
Two Examples
Testimony: Witness in a Public Hearing
Two Scenarios
How to Deliver Oral Testimony Based on a Written Statement
Two Examples
Written Public Comment: Influence Administration
Two Scenarios
How to Write a Public Comment
Three Examples
Conclusion: Ready to Change
Framework, Function, and Form

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