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In Writing Public Policy, Fourth Edition, Catherine F. Smith presents a general method for planning, producing, assessing, and critically analyzing communications in a variety of real-life public policy contexts and situations. This practical, concise guide is ideal for students preparing for careers in politics, government, public relations, law, public policy, journalism, social work, public health, or in any role related to public affairs.
Table of Contents
Preface Introduction: How to Use This Book List of Writing Samples
Chapter 1: Public Policy Making Key Concepts Illustration 1: Milk Labeling Illustration 2: Budgeting Summary and Preview References Further Reading Chapter 2: Communicating Key Concepts Viewpoint 1: Cultural Context Viewpoint 2: Experience Viewpoint 3: Process and Product Viewpoint 4: General Method of Communicating in a Public Process Two Checklists Example Summary and Preview Further Reading
Chapter 3: Definition: Frame the Problem Key Concepts How to Define a Policy Problem Five Examples Summary and Preview References Further Reading Chapter 4: Evaluation: Analyze and Advise Key Concepts Illustration: "Agroterrorism, the Threat to America's Breadbasket" How to Critically Evaluate Policy and Analyze Policy Discourse Three Examples Summary and Preview References Further Reading Chapter 5: Legislative History: Know the Record Key Concepts How to Conduct Legislative Research and Write a Legislative History General Tips for Using Government Information Libraries Two Examples Summary and Preview References Chapter 6: Position Paper: Know the Arguments Key Concept How to Argue Policy Example Outline of the Argument to Expand the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) in the United States Summary and Preview References Further Reading Chapter 7: Petition, Proposal, Letter: Request Action Key Concepts How to Petition, Propose, or Write a Letter Requesting Action on Behalf of a Group Four Examples Summary and Preview References Chapter 8: Briefing, Opinion, Resolution: Inform Policy Makers Key Concepts How to Inform Policy Makers in a Briefing Memo, Opinion Statement, or Resolution Three Examples Summary and Preview Suggestion for Further Reading Chapter 9: 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 Summary and Preview References Chapter 10: Public Comment: Influence Administration Key Concept How to Write a Public Comment Four Examples Summary and Preview References Conclusion: What Writing Public Policy Means About Clarity Preview
Appendix A: Writing Clearly Appendix B: Interpreting Data to Support Policy Argument Index