Mark Ballard, a former Green MSP, and Robert McGeachy are award winning public affairs professionals, and have jointly written  The Public Affairs Guide to Scotland: Influencing Policy and Legislation.

The book will be of particular interest to third sector organisations, including social enterprises and community and grass root organisations, to public bodies, local authorities, academics and to professional bodies seeking to develop ethical and effective public affairs strategies and campaigns to influence the Scottish Government and the Scottish Parliament, and MSPs of all parties on issues relating to community regeneration and to community empowerment.

This book shows organisations how to influence the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Government, and to do so on an ethical, cost effective basis. 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 seeking to find out more about the Scottish political system, about developing campaigns and about how to engage with the Scottish Government, and with the Scottish Parliament, to influence policy and legislation.

The book, published by the Welsh Academic Press, is a practical A-Z guide on how to influence policy and legislation in the Scottish Parliament, and at Scottish Government level. This book shows how to influence the Scottish  Parliament and the Scottish Government, and to do so on an ethical, cost effective basis.

The book is available from all Scottish booksellers, online retailers or direct from: www.welsh-academic-press.wales

The Foreword has been written by Mike Russell MSP, who described it as a “service to democracy”.  A review in the Holyrood Magazine by Alex Cole Hamilton MSP:

https://www.holyrood.com/articles/comment/book-review-improving-engagement-holyrood

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