The CQ Press Writing Guide for Public Policy

Author:   Andrew S. (Stephen) Pennock
Publisher:   SAGE Publications Inc
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9781506348780


Pages:   280
Publication Date:   14 December 2018
Format:   Paperback
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The CQ Press Writing Guide for Public Policy is loaded with rich real world examples that help you master the process of translating insightful policy analysis into clear policy recommendations. Known for his conversational writing style, author Andrew Pennock offers step-by-step instructions on how to write for a variety of genres in a style that policy makers expect. Focusing on an audience-centered approach, you will first learn how to create and organize an argument based on the unique needs and expectations of policy makers. The book then moves onto the nuts and bolts of how to write for a policy audience, with special consideration of ethics and working with visual and technical material. Finally, the book provides practical guidance on writing in specific policy genres: policy memos, briefs, Op-Eds, press releases, written testimony, social media, and emails. Key Features: Basic policy writing tasks help you write sentences, paragraphs and sections that make sense to readers (and to professors!). You will also learn how to create professional quality tables and figures that support your argument as well as how to package these components together effectively to communicate with policy makers. Six separate chapters for various public policy genres (issue briefs, legislative histories, decision memos, testimony, op-eds, and new media) provide you with an overview of the genre, several examples, and an analysis of each example. Current examples from across the field of public policy keep you engaged by connecting the concepts to current topics such as public health (the opioid epidemic, Native-American healthcare, lead poisoning), education (early childhood, school governance), criminal justice (sexting laws, ban-the-box), business regulation (AirBnB, renewable energy, drug pricing), security policy (cyber-security, foreign asset control), and social policy (physician assisted suicide).

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Author:   Andrew S. (Stephen) Pennock
Publisher:   SAGE Publications Inc
Imprint:   CQ Press
Weight:   0.400kg
ISBN:  

9781506348780


ISBN 10:   1506348785
Pages:   280
Publication Date:   14 December 2018
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Tertiary & Higher Education
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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Table of Contents

Preface Acknowledgments About the Author PART 1: INTRODUCTION Chapter 1 Audiences and Audience-Centered Writing in Public Policy What Is Audience-Centered Writing? Who Is the Audience in Policy Settings? The Different Audiences in Policy Settings What Do These Policy Audiences Need to Know? Learning the Skills of Audience-Centered Writing Checklist Exercises Bibliography PART 2: THE SKILLS OF POLICY WRITING Chapter 2 Generating and Organizing Your Argument Example: The Problem of Sharing Economy Businesses Writing Is Thinking, Then Communicating The Process of Creating a First Draft Gather Evidence for Your Argument Documents People Revise Your Draft Conclusion Checklist Exercises Bibliography Chapter 3 Improving Your Writing: Sentences and Words How to Identify and Create Good Sentences Principle 1: Characters Make Good Subjects Principle 2: Actions Make Good Verbs Principle 3: Choose Words Wisely Conclusion Checklist Exercises Answer Key Bibliography Chapter 4 Writing Well: Paragraphs and Sections Cohesion: Do My Sentences Connect Together? Coherence: Does My Paragraph Make Sense as a Whole? Editing at a Global Level: Making the Document Make Sense as a Whole Conclusion Checklist Exercises Bibliography Chapter 5 Visually Communicating: On Creating and Writing About Tables Principles for Designing Visuals Tables Writing About a Table Conclusion Checklist Tables Checklist Exercises Bibliography Chapter 6 Visually Communicating: On Creating and Writing About Graphs and Other Figures Elements of a Successful Figure Graphs Figures Conclusion Exercises Bibliography Chapter 7 Pulling It All Together: Creating Professional-Quality Work Polishing Your Document Writing Ethically: The Responsibilities of Policy Writing Conclusion Checklist Exercises Bibliography PART 3: POLICY GENRES AND THEIR PURPOSES Chapter 8 The Issue Brief Distinctive Aspects of Issue Briefs Example Issue Briefs Conclusion Checklist Exercises Bibliography Chapter 9 Policy History Distinctive Aspects of Policy Histories How to Organize a Policy History Example Policy Histories Conclusion Checklist Exercises Bibliography Chapter 10 The Decision Memo Distinctive Aspects of Decision Memos Example Decision Memos Conclusion Checklist Exercises Bibliography Chapter 11 Op-Eds Distinctive Aspects of Op-Eds Example Op-Eds Conclusion: Writing (and Publishing!) Your Own Op-Ed Checklist Exercises Bibliography Chapter 12 Legislative Testimony and Public Comment: Writing to Persuade the Government Distinctive Aspects of Testimony and Comment Legislative Testimony Public Comment for Regulations Conclusion Checklist Exercises Bibliography Chapter 13 Writing for Nontraditional Formats: Email and Social Media Email Twitter Conclusion Checklist Exercises Bibliography Index

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At the heart of policy analysis is giving advice about public issues, and the key to persuasive advice is clear and credible communication. In the CQ Press Writing Guide for Public Policy, Andrew Pennock draws on his years of experience as a professor, committee staffer, and policy consultant to impart useful, practical lessons on how to write more effective issue briefs, legislative testimony, memos, policy histories and op/ eds. Pennock provides potent insights into how to create first drafts, how to sharpen prose, how to communicate about complicated tables and figures, and how to write for nontraditional formats such as email and social media. This terrific book presents dozens of concrete tips and step-by-step instructions that should be required reading for all student in public affairs undergraduate and graduate-level programs. --Eric M. Patashnik Among the many skills of an effective policy analyst, logical thinking expressed in clear writing is the most essential. My guess is that most teachers of policy analysis promote clear writing primarily through editing rather than instruction. This book is an excellent resource for shifting the balance more toward instruction. It combines practical coaching on the mechanics of clear writing with useful guidance on how to do it effectively in the variety of contexts in which analysts offer their advice. Whether in policy analysis, professional development, or workshop courses, public affairs students will benefit from using this book. --David L. Weimer No one ever learned to write from a how-to book; we learn to write better by writing (and rewriting with editors', colleagues' and friends' critiques). But learning-by-doing goes faster, and works better, with a good guide like Andrew Pennock's. It's full of useful examples and hands-on exercises, not to mention clear 'rules' and guideposts. I'm going to point my students at this, and try to get my colleagues to do the same. --Michael O'Hare When teaching a writing-based public policy course, you previously needed one textbook on the mechanics of the public policy process and a second that guided students how to write. Andrew Pennock's book is unique in that it does both well simultaneously. Each chapter is filled with clear and timely examples that give readers real-world applications of the central theoretical points of the chapter. One nice feature of these examples is that they often demonstrate both effective and ineffective forms of communication. The upshot is that the book gives a reader many templates for structuring their own work. I also particularly liked the exercises that were included at the end of each chapter. This book should be adopted in any course in which a substantial amount of the evaluation is based on students writing policy memos. --Marc Meredith


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