9780195145076

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

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    9780195145076

  • ISBN10:

    0195145070

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2005-02-17
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Writing Public Policy is a hands-on, concise guide to writing and communicating in public policy processes. Designed to help students, practitioners, and other "doers" understand and perform common types of communication used in solving public problems, the book introduces the institutionaldemocratic process in the U.S. and explains the standards and functions of communicating in the public sector. Coverage includes: * A general method for planning, composing, and assessing communications in a variety of real-life contexts and situations * Specific instructions for writing and speaking in public policy processes * Scenarios that illustrate the complexity in policy processes, highlighting their diversity of contexts--including state agencies and local boards, non-profit organizations, federal government committees, special interest groups, and professional associations--the variety of actors involved, andthe range of communication types produced * Commentary relating the scenarios and examples to the general method * Checklists of expected standards to enable communicators to assess their products Highly practical and accessible, Writing Public Policy demonstrates the skills and techniques needed to effectively communicate in the democratic process of making public policy. Ideal for courses in public policy studies, civic writing, and technical/business/legal writing, it is also aninvaluable resource for practitioners--and students preparing for careers--in public policy, politics, government, public relations, law, journalism, social work, public health, or in any area concerned with public affairs.

Table of Contents

Preface v
Introduction: How to Use This Book ix
Public Policy Making
1(7)
Scenario
3(3)
What This Scenario Shows
6(2)
Communication in the Process
8(11)
Standards
9(1)
Participants, Roles, and Practices
10(4)
A General Method of Communicating in a Public Process
14(3)
Two Checklists
17(2)
Definition: Frame the Problem
19(23)
Three Scenarios
19(3)
How to Define a Policy Problem
22(7)
Four Examples
29(13)
Legislative History: Know the Record
42(20)
Two Scenarios
42(3)
How to Conduct Legislative Research and Write a Legislative History
45(7)
Two Examples
52(10)
Position Paper: Know the Arguments
62(14)
Two Scenarios
62(4)
How to Argue in a Position Paper
66(3)
Example
69(7)
Petitions and Proposals: Request Action or Propose Policy
76(17)
Three Scenarios
76(4)
How to Ask for Action or Propose Policy on Behalf of a Group
80(3)
Three Examples
83(10)
Briefing Memo or Opinion Statement: Inform Policy Makers
93(18)
Two Scenarios
93(4)
How to Inform Policy Makers in a Briefing Memo or Opinion Statement
97(2)
Two Examples
99(12)
Testimony: Witness in a Public Hearing
111(14)
Two Scenarios
111(4)
How to Deliver Oral Testimony Based on a Written Statement
115(4)
Two Examples
119(6)
Written Public Comment: Influence Administration
125(14)
Two Scenarios
125(3)
How to Write a Public Comment
128(2)
Three Examples
130(9)
Conclusion Ready for Change
139(2)
Framework, Function, and Form
139(2)
Index 141

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