Writing in Public Affairs

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Workshop Videos on Writing in Public Affairs

These recorded versions of GWC workshops cover writing tips and strategies relevant to fields such as public policy and public health.

Books and Guides

Bardach, E. (2012). A practical guide for policy analysis: The eightfold path to more effective problem solving (4th ed.). Sage.

Dunn, W. (2007). Public policy analysis: An introduction (4th ed). New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 1994

Smith, C. F. (2013). Writing public policy: A practical guide to communicating in the policy-making process (3rd ed.). New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.

Writing Effective Public Policy Papers: A Guide To Policy Advisers in Central and Eastern Europe [PDF]—A detailed, 100-page guide to writing policy papers in English. Written for non-native speakers of English but still very useful for native English speakers.


Policy Writing Overview: Tips from the University of Michigan's Ford School of Public Policy.

Suggestions for Writing Policy Analysis: A one-page list of tips for writing policy documents, from Philip Doty of the University of Texas.

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