The Public Affairs Guide to Scotland

  • Description
In order to negotiate the landscape of Scottish politics successfully and engage effectively with the governmental institutions, the political parties and the various stakeholders and sectors in Scottish civic society, any individual or organisation will need a good public affairs guide. This book is such guide for the newcomer and a 'memory stick’ for the expert. It 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. This book shows how one can participate in that fast moving and interesting field and will become a tool for all who wish to get involved and achieve success in their endeavours.’ 
Michael P Clancy OBE

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 activities

·      How to identify the correct policy and legislative context via effective parliamentary monitoring and by engendering good relations with key policy makers

·      How to engage with the legislative process including Parliamentary Committees, Members’ Bills, Public  Petitions, Cross Party Groups, and Parliamentary Motions & Debates

·      How 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 organisation

Full 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.

The authors are award winning public affairs professionals, and have proven track records in helping to shape and influence  legislation and  policy development in the Scottish and UK parliaments. Mark Ballard is Head of Policy for one of the largest voluntary organisations in Scotland and an ex-MSP. Robert McGeachy is one of the few public affairs professionals in Scotland who can offer demonstrable public affairs experience of both the Scottish and Westminster political systems, and legislative  processes.