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Writing Public Policy

Sixth Edition

Catherine Smith

Publication Date - August 2022

ISBN: 9780197643495

256 pages
Paperback
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches

Retail Price to Students: $34.99

A practical guide to preparing students for careers in public service.

Description

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.
Hands-on and accessible, Writing Public Policy, Sixth Edition teaches know-how and techniques needed to effectively communicate in the democratic process of making public policy. It is a particularly useful tool for any student preparing for a career in politics, government, public relations, law, public policy, journalism, social work, public health, or any role concerned with public affairs.

New to this Edition

  • New or updated examples (and still-relevant old examples)
  • More on communication culture in public policy work
  • More on strategy

Features

  • Illustrations and scenarios from policy workplaces and writers' experiences
  • Writing samples by professionals, students, and citizens with commentary
  • A general method for communicating in policy work, with checklists to guide planning, producing, and assessing documents
  • Specific instruction for selected document types
  • Demonstration of techniques for writing 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 - Chapel Hill.

Table of Contents

    Brief Contents
    Preface
    Acknowledgements
    Introduction
    List of Illustrations and Examples

    Processes
    Chapter 1 Public Policy is Language Use
    Chapter 2 Communicating in Policymaking

    Practices
    Chapter 3 Definition: Describe 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 Brief, Opinion, Ordinance: Inform Governance
    Chapter 9 Testimony: Witness in a Public Hearing
    Chapter 10 Public Comment: Influence Administration
    Conclusion: Ethics for Policy Communicators
    Appendix: Writing Clearly
    Suggested Reading
    Index

    Contents

    Preface
    Acknowledgements
    Introduction
    List of Illustrations and Examples

    Processes
    Chapter 1 Public Policy is Language Use
    Illustration 1: Administering Policy - Milk Labeling
    Illustration 2: A Policy Cycle - Financing Government Operations
    Illustration 3: Legislating Policy - State Constitutional Amendment


    Chapter 2 Communicating in Policymaking
    The Policy Communication Culture-Actors, Practices, Functions
    General Method for Communicating in Policy Work
    Two Checklists: Features of Effectiveness and Measures of Excellence
    Example

    Practices
    Chapter 3 Definition: Describe the Problem
    How to Get a Problem On (or Off) the Policy Agenda
    Four Examples

    Chapter 4 Evaluation: Analyze and Advise
    Sketch: Critical Reading and Writing in Policymaking Culture
    Illustration: Congressional Committee Hearing (Agroterrorism)
    How to Critically Evaluate Policy and Analyze Policy Discourse
    Two Examples

    Chapter 5 Legislative History: Know the Record
    Illustration: Searching Government Records Strategically for a Purpose
    How to Conduct Government Records Research and Write a Legislative History
    Two Examples

    Chapter 6 Position Paper: Know the Arguments
    How to Argue Policy
    Illustration: Arguing to Propose Changes in University Policy on Alcohol and Drug Use
    Illustration: Arguing to Oppose a Change in Federal Drug Control Policy
    Illustration: Arguing to Permit or Not Permit a Municipal Zoning Action
    Three Examples

    Chapter 7 Petition, Proposal, Letter: Request Action
    How to Request Action on Behalf of a Group
    Three Examples

    Chapter 8 Brief, Opinion, Ordinance: Inform Governance
    How to Inform Policymaking in a Briefing Memo, Opinion Statement, or Ordinance
    Three Examples

    Chapter 9 Testimony: Witness in a Public Hearing
    How to Deliver Oral Testimony Based on a Written Statement
    Three Examples

    Chapter 10 Public Comment: Influence Administration
    How to Write a Public Comment
    Three Examples

    Conclusion Ethics for Policy Communicators

    Appendix: Writing Clearly
    Suggested Reading
    Index