The Art and Craft of Policy Advising

A Practical Guide

  • David Bromell

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
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About this book


This book offers a practical guide for policy advisors and their managers, grounded in the author’s extensive experience as a senior policy practitioner in central and local government. 
Effective policy advising does not proceed in ‘cycles’ or neatly ordered ‘stages’ and ‘steps’, but is first and foremost a relationship built on careful listening, knowing one’s place in the constitutional scheme of things, becoming useful and winning the confidence of decision makers. 
The author introduces readers to a public value approach to policy advising that uses collective thinking to address complex policy problems; evidence-informed policy analysis that factors in emotions and values; and the practice of ‘gifting and gaining’ (rather than ‘trade-offs’) in collaborative governing for the long term. Theory is balanced with practical illustration and processes, tools and techniques, helping readers master the art of communicating what decision-makers need to hear, as well as what they want to hear. 


Public policy Policy analysis Policy advise Public value Public management Policy advocacy

Authors and affiliations

  • David Bromell
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Governance and Policy Studies, School of GovernmentVictoria University of WellingtonWellingtonNew Zealand

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