“Like it or loath it, this book show the public affairs industry is now part of political processes across the world. Policy makers, businesses and NGOs, as well as budding and experienced practitioners, need to understand how it works and this collection gives a lively insight into this often private world.”
Dan Corry is CEO of third sector think tank and consultancy NPC and a former Treasury and Downing Street adviser
“This excellent book clearly demonstrates that public affairs is now a global industry. It highlights the similarities – and the differences – in the way in which lobbying is practiced in different markets worldwide. If, as Tip O’Neill famously said, all politics is local, perhaps we can now say that all lobbying is global.”
Francis Ingham, Director General, PRCA
“An absolute treasure-trove: written by top public affairs professionals and covering a wealth of different countries, it provides myriad, real-world insights into a business every bit as vital to politics and policy these days as elections are. Highly recommended for practitioners, academics, and anyone wanting to find out what it’s all about.”
Tim Bale, Professor of Politics, Queen Mary University of London
“This book is essential reading for those seeking to stay in tune with the evolving practices of public affairs in a fast moving world. Robert Magyar’s insight into PA developments and market trends in China will prove especially useful for any company or organisation attempting to navigate the ever-changing government, policy and regulatory environment in the PRC.”
Craig Hoy, Executive Director, PublicAffairsAsia
In our highly politicized world, public affairs plays a more important role than ever not just in how each nation functions and internally but how it is presented and interacts on the global stage. With an extensive introduction to lobbying and public affairs in individual countries, this book covers the main changes in recent years including the regulatory environment; nature of the sector/main players, consultants vs in-house; key challenges for the sector; issues of political importance; key practices, main avenues of political engagement (institutional) and methods (briefings, meetings, media) as well as providing compelling conclusions on the likely changes and future direction of public affairs.
Lionel Zetter (UK); Kajsa Stenström (Brussels); Cornelius Brand (Germany); Eric Schell (France); Laura Florea and Andreea Dobra (Romania); Huw Williams (Canada); Spiro Anastasiou, John Harbord and Margaret Joiner (New Zealand); Toby Moffett (USA); Michael Sugich (Middle East); Robert Magyar (China); Davis Hodge (Brazil); Valerie Pinto (India); Andrew Escott (International); Stuart Thomson (The Future)
Author: Stuart Thomson
Stuart Thomson is a public affairs and communications consultant with leading law firm Bircham Dyson Bell. He advises clients on political and media engagement, reputation management and crisis communications.
As blogger for Bircham Dyson Bells ‘Public Affairs Blog’ and the author of ‘Public Affairs in Practice’, ‘New Activism and the Corporate Response’ and ‘The Dictionary of Labour Quotations’, Stuart’s reputation has seen him appear on the BBC and Sky News, judging for the PR Week and Public Affairs News awards. He now also blogs for leading news publisher, The Huffington Post.
Stuart is an honorary research fellow in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Aberdeen, and amongst it all finds time to tweet @redpolitics.Read More
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