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

ISBN-10: 0195379829
ISBN-13: 9780195379822
Edition: 2nd 2009
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List price: $29.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/17/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

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: DT 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 DT Examples show policy problems from a global perspective, and U.S. policy making by all levels of government DT A new appendix on clear writing DT 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.

Preface
Introduction: How to Use This Book
List of Writing Samples
Public Policy Making
Key Concepts
Milk Labeling
Budgeting
Summary and Preview
Reference
Further Reading
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
Further Reading
Definition: Frame the Problem
Key Concepts
How to Define a Policy Problem
Purpose A: Get a Problem on the Public Agenda by Advocacy
Three Examples with Scenarios
Purpose B: Aid Policy Choice by Analysis of Solutions
Two Examples
Summary and Preview
References
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
Position Paper: Know the Arguments
Key Concept
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
Outline of the Argument for UNICEF Involvement in Creating Social Protection Systems in Eastern and Southern Africa
Summary and Preview
Reference
Further Reading
Petitions and Proposals: Request Action or Propose Policy
Key Concepts
How to Ask for Action or Propose Policy on Behalf of a Group
Four Examples
Summary and Preview
References
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
Testimony: Witness in a Public Hearing
Key Concepts
How to Deliver Oral Testimony Based on a Written Statement
Develop a Testimony in Context
Two Examples with Scenarios
Summary and Preview
References
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
Public Policy Writing for the Web
Clear Writing
Index

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