The CQ Press Writing Guide for Public Policy

The CQ Press Writing Guide for Public Policy

by Andrew S. (Stephen) Pennock

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Overview

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).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781544361222
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 09/06/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 861,929
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Andy Pennock is an assistant professor at the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia.  He teaches writing in his courses on leadership, policy analysis, political institutions, and Virginia politics and policy. Prior to joining the Batten School, he taught at Brown University where he was the Director of Graduate Studies and the Director of the Applied Social, Economic, & Regulatory Analysis (ASERA) Group which partnered with government institutions, non-profit organizations, and other entities to provide technical expertise, policy analysis, and program evaluation.  A seasoned instructor, Professor Pennock won multiple teaching awards during his time at Brown and UNC-Chapel Hill. Before completing his PhD in Political Science at UNC, Professor Pennock was a professional, non-partisan committee staffer at the North Carolina General Assembly.  He has continued his applied work through consulting with the Governor of Virginia, the United States Centers for Disease Control, the Rhode Island legislature, local school boards, and Serve Rhode Island, Rhode Island’s AmeriCorp home. Professor Pennock’s academic research examines public policy in the global economy as well as the scholarship of teaching and learning.  His work has been published in Perspectives on Politics, Economics & Politics, and PS: Political Science & Politics. Outside of Batten, he is the father of four small boys who wrestle with him all the time.  He and his wife, Charity, love to cook, read, garden, travel, and have good conversations with people whenever they can.

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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