ABOUT THIS BOOK
PUBLICATION DATE: July 30, 2020
The Public Affairs Guide to Scotland: Influencing Policy and Legislation
By (author) Robert McGeachy; By (author) Mark Ballard
Written by two award-winning public affairs professionals, The Public Affairs Guide to Scotland provides practical advice and guidance to individuals and organisations wishing to influence policy makers, and to contribute to legislative change in Scotland. The Public Affairs Guide to Scotland strips away the mysteries and misconceptions of engaging with the Scottish Government, Opposition parties, MSPs and the civil service and explains how to deliver cost effective public affairs activities that can achieve tangible outcomes.Robert McGeachy and Mark Ballard’s step-by-step guide will empower private, public and third sector organisations to manage their own public affairs programmes, without the need to hire expensive consultants or specialist lobbying companies, by comprehensively outlining:What your organisation could achieve by developing its own in-house public affairs activitiesHow to identify the correct policy and legislative context via effective parliamentary monitoring and by engendering good relations with key policy makersHow to engage with the legislative process including Parliamentary Committees, Members’ Bills, Public Petitions, Cross Party Groups, and Parliamentary Motions & DebatesHow to create, organise and undertake a public affairs programme most appropriate for your organisation including hosting parliamentary receptions, attending party conferences and joint-working with a partner organisationFull of useful hints and tips, and written with the benefit of years of experience and success in the profession, The Public Affairs Guide to Scotland is the essential tool for those organisations needing to engage with the legislative process of the Scottish Parliament and its policy development.
Reviews of The Public Affairs Guide to Scotland: Influencing Policy and Legislation
'I've worked in Scottish public affairs for many years but this book is still a great resource for clear guidance, ideas and planning. We keep one in our office and refer to it often. Colleagues new to the field of public affairs describe it as invaluable.' Kim Hartley, Head, Royal Col. of Speech & Language Therapists Scotland; 'Whether you need to engage with the legislative procedures of the Scottish Parliament and its policy development or hope to inform the development of a Bill, this book provides in depth help.' Satwat Rehman, Director, One Parent Families Scotland; 'Both authors have used their tremendous experience to really good effect. I really can't praise their efforts highly enough.' Bill Scott, Policy Director, Inclusion Scotland; '…contains all a person needs to know to engage with the Parliament, the Government, local authorities and civic society in an effective and efficient way.' Michael P Clancy OBE; 'Mark Ballard and Robert McGeachy, through the pages of this important book, are … doing democracy a service.' Michael Russell, MSP for Argyll & Bute
Authors Robert McGeachy & Mark Ballard have proven track records in helping to shape and influence legislation and policy development in the Scottish and UK parliaments.