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Student Essay Contest: The Art of Persuasion, Policy Edition
In our conversations with policy makers and the people who advise them, we have learned that one of the most important skills that students should develop, whether they want to work in public policy or in the private sector, is the construction of a concise, informative, but persuasive policy memo.
How do you persuade a policy maker?
You identify a specific policy issue that is important to this policy maker; you construct an argument (s) to plead your case; you collect evidence to support your argument (s); and you anticipate the most likely counter-argument (s) and address them as well.
Write a policy memo.
The Institute for Public Policy at Bucknell University and the O'Pake Institute for Ethics, Leadership, and Public Service at Alvernia University invite Bucknell and Alvernia students to write a policy memo on an issue of importance to you. The issue can be global, national, state or local/regional in scope. The essay should address a specific issue and should be addressed to a specific policy maker who would be interested in your ideas and who could, potentially, take action on your suggestions.