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Writing Public Policy: A Practical Guide to Communicating in the Policy-Making Process (4th edition)

ISBN : 9780199388578

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¥4,609
Author: 
Catherine F. Smith
Pages
264 Pages
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Paperback
Size
144 x 211 mm
Pub date
Oct 2015
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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. This book presents a general method for planning, producing, and assessing communications in varied real-life contexts and situations of public policy work. It explains the standards and functions of communication in policy making. It teaches the use of selected public policy communication genres and illustrates their practical use. It teaches critical thinking and language awareness. It includes numerous writing samples. It prepares students for careers in politics, government, law, public administration, public relations, nonprofit organization advocacy, journalism, public health, or any profession engaged in public process or concerned with public affairs. It is a lively, useful manual of practice for real-world communicators.

Index: 

Brief Contents
Preface
Introduction: How to Use This Book
List of Writing Samples
Processes
Chapter 1 Public Policy Making
Chapter 2 Communicating
Practices
Chapter 3 Definition: Frame the Problem
Chapter 4 Evaluation: Analyze and Advise
Chapter 5 Legislative History: Know the Record
Chapter 6 Position Paper: Know the Arguments
Chapter 7 Petition, Proposal, Letter: Request Action
Chapter 8 Briefing, Opinion, Resolution: Inform Policy Makers
Chapter 9 Testimony: Witness in a Public Hearing
Chapter 10 Public Comment: Influence Administration
Conclusion: What Public Policy Writing Means
Principles
Appendix A: Writing Clearly
Appendix B: Interpreting Data to Support Policy Argument
Index
FULL TABLE OF CONTENTS
Preface
Introduction: How to Use This Book
List of Writing Samples
Processes
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
Practices
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: "
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
Principles
Appendix A: Writing Clearly
Appendix B: Interpreting Data to Support Policy Argument
Index

About the author: 

Catherine F. Smith is Professor Emerita 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 undergraduate and graduate students of writing, rhetoric, communication, public policy, public administration, political science, sociology, geography, and interdisciplinary programs to communicate in policy-making at local state, and national levels. As a consultant to government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and for-profit businesses, she prepares executives, professionals, and citizens to communicate as witnesses in governmental hearings.

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