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Writing Public Policy

A Practical Guide to Communicating in the Policy Making Process

Fifth Edition

Catherine F. Smith

Publication Date - July 2018

ISBN: 9780190854232

248 pages
Paperback
5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $32.95

In public policy work, if you can't write it or say it, you can't do it

Description

In Writing Public Policy: A Practical Guide to Communicating in the Policy Making Process, Fifth Edition, Catherine F. Smith presents a general method for planning, producing, accessing, 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, or in any role related to public affairs.

New to this Edition

  • More teaching and learning aids (filtering options, chapter overviews, takeaways, discussion topics, and exercises)
  • Extended discussions of writing, critical thinking, and discourse analysis
  • A new writing sample with commentary
  • Revised commentary on writing samples to highlight instructive features
  • A proposed code of ethics for public policy communicators

Features

  • Marshalls illustrations and scenarios from policy workplaces and the writer's experience
  • Incorporates and analyzes writing samples by professionals, students, and citizens
  • Offers a general method for communicating in policy work, with checklists of expected qualities for planning, producing, and assessing documents
  • Provides tips and instructions on how to write clearly

About the Author(s)

Catherine F. Smith is Professor Emerita of English at East Carolina University and Adjunct Professor of Public Policy at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Reviews

"Writing Public Policy, Fifth Edition, is a valuable textbook for any course on public policy. It is a concise yet comprehensive guide to effective public policy writing." --Andrea Hetling, Rutgers University

"There isn't much out there like Writing Public Policy, Fifth Edition. There are lots of policy analysis books, but this is its own niche." --Michael Jones, Oregon State University

"Writing Public Policy, Fifth Edition, covers a lot of useful tools and concepts. My students and I really enjoy the examples. The book takes them step by step through the process of communicating effective policy changes." --Michael Hayes, Rutgers University

Table of Contents

    Preface
    Introduction: How to Use This Book
    List of Writing Samples

    Chapter 1 Public Policy is Language

    Overview
    Illustration 1: Milk Labeling
    Illustration 2: Budgeting
    Takeaway and Look Ahead
    References

    Chapter 2 Communicating in Policy Making

    Overview
    The Policy Communication Culture
    Communication Functions
    Understanding Readers' Information Needs, Attention Habits, and Situations
    A General Method of Communicating in a Policy Process
    Two Checklists
    Takeaway and Look Ahead
    Exercises
    References

    Chapter 3 Definition: Frame the Problem

    Overview
    How to Get a Problem on the Policy Agenda
    Examples
    Takeaway and Look Ahead
    Exercise
    References

    Chapter 4 Evaluation: Analyze and Advise

    Overview
    Illustration: "Agroterrorism, the Threat to America's Breadbasket"
    How to Critically Evaluate Policy and Analyze Policy Discourse
    Examples
    Takeaway and Look Ahead
    Exercise
    References

    Chapter 5 Legislative History: Know the Record

    Overview
    How to Conduct Government Records Research and Write a Legislative History
    Examples
    Takeaway and Look Ahead
    Discussion Topics
    Exercise
    References

    Chapter 6 Position Paper: Know the Arguments

    Overview
    How to Argue Policy
    Examples
    Takeaway and Look Ahead
    Exercises
    References

    Chapter 7 Petition, Proposal, Letter: Request Action

    Overview
    How to Request Action on Behalf of a Group
    Examples
    Takeaway and Look Ahead
    Exercises
    References

    Chapter 8 Brief, Opinion, Resolution: Inform Policy Makers

    Overview
    How to Inform Policy Makers
    Examples
    Takeaway and Look Ahead
    Discussion Topic
    Exercise

    Chapter 9 Testimony: Witness in a Public Hearing

    Overview
    How to Deliver Oral Testimony Based on a Written Statement
    Develop a Testimony in Context
    Examples
    Takeaway and Look Ahead
    Discussion Topic
    Exercise

    Chapter 10 Public Comment: Influence Administration

    Overview
    How to Write a Public Comment
    Examples
    Takeaway and Look Ahead
    References

    Conclusion Practical Ethics for Policy Communicators
    Overview
    Ethical Principles
    Practices Correlated with Principles
    Going Forward
    References

    Appendix: Writing Clearly

    Suggested Reading

    Index

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