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 makers How 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.
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.
Preface by Michael Clancy1. Stripping away the mysteries 2. Parliamentary monitoring3. Engaging with key policy makers4. Working with individual MSPs5. Working with politicians and political parties6. Responding to consultations7. Influencing Scottish Parliamentary Committees8. Engaging with the legislative process: Pre-legislation to Stage 19. Engaging with the legislative process: Stage 2, Stage 3 and beyond10. Members' Bills11. Oral Questions and Written Questions 12. Scottish Parliamentary debates13. Parliamentary Motions14. Public Petitions to the Scottish Parliament15. Cross Party Groups in the Scottish Parliament16. Parliamentary receptions and other events17. Party conferences18. Partnership working19. Working with the Media20. Online Communications21. Influencing Local Government