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

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2009-09-17
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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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.

Author Biography

Catherine F. Smith is Professor of English at East Carolina University and Adjunct Professor of Public Policy at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She was founding director of Bucknell University's Writing Program and Writing Center. She has taught courses in writing public policy for students enrolled in schools of public administration, departments of public policy, and programs in public affairs and professional communication. She is the coauthor of the online text A Strategic Method for Writing.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Introduction: How to Use This Bookp. xix
List of Writing Samplesp. xxiii
Public Policy Makingp. 1
Key Conceptsp. 1
Milk Labelingp. 1
Budgetingp. 11
Summary and Previewp. 16
Referencep. 17
Further Readingp. 17
Communication in the Processp. 18
Key Conceptsp. 18
Cultural Context: Actors, Roles, and Communication Practicesp. 20
Professionals Inside Governmentp. 22
Professionals Outside Governmentp. 23
Active Citizensp. 24
A General Method of Communicating in a Public Processp. 24
Two Checklistsp. 29
Summary and Previewp. 30
Further Readingp. 30
Definition: Frame the Problemp. 31
Key Conceptsp. 31
How to Define a Policy Problemp. 33
Purpose A: Get a Problem on the Public Agenda by Advocacyp. 34
Three Examples with Scenariosp. 37
Purpose B: Aid Policy Choice by Analysis of Solutionsp. 50
Two Examplesp. 52
Summary and Previewp. 59
Referencesp. 59
Legislative History: Know the Recordp. 60
Key Conceptsp. 60
How to Conduct Legislative Research and Write a Legislative Historyp. 62
General Tips for Using Government Information Librariesp. 66
Three Examplesp. 69
Summary and Previewp. 85
Position Paper: Know the Argumentsp. 86
Key Conceptp. 86
How to Argue in a Position Paperp. 90
Two Examplesp. 93
Outline of the Argument to Expand the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) in the United Statesp. 99
Outline of the Argument for UNICEF Involvement in Creating Social Protection Systems in Eastern and Southern Africap. 100
Summary and Previewp. 102
Referencep. 102
Further Readingp. 102
Petitions and Proposals: Request Action or Propose Policyp. 103
Key Conceptsp. 103
How to Ask for Action or Propose Policy on Behalf of a Groupp. 106
Four Examplesp. 110
Summary and Previewp. 125
Referencesp. 125
Briefing Memo or Opinion Statement: Inform Policy Makersp. 126
Key Conceptsp. 126
How to Inform Policy Makers in a Briefing Memo or Opinion Statementp. 128
More Examplesp. 134
Summary and Previewp. 136
Testimony: Witness in a Public Hearingp. 137
Key Conceptsp. 137
How to Deliver Oral Testimony Based on a Written Statementp. 140
Develop a Testimony in Contextp. 140
Two Examples with Scenariosp. 145
Summary and Previewp. 153
Referencesp. 153
Written Public Comment: Influence Administrationp. 154
Key Conceptp. 154
How to Write a Public Commentp. 155
Three Examples with Scenariosp. 157
Summary and Previewp. 168
Conclusion Continuity and Changep. 169
Key Conceptsp. 169
Summary and Looking Forwardp. 172
Referencesp. 172
Public Policy Writing for the Webp. 174
Clear Writingp. 183
Indexp. 189
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