Oct. 5, 2012
-- "Jeff Unsicker's Confronting Power provides new knowledge for policy advocacy practitioners so that they understand the contributions they make as advocates. Students of policy advocacy can learn from the case studies which demystify advocacy as they respect the advocates' serious work. Academic discipline does not stand in the way of making the advocates work come alive. We come away valuing the public work of policy advocacy and wanting to engage in it."
- David Cohen,Co-Founder , Advocacy Institute
Sterling, VA: In his first book Confronting Power, Jeff Unsicker defines policy advocacy (sometimes referred to as lobbying, campaigning or policy influencing)
as “the process by which people, NGOs, other civil so¬ciety organizations, networks, and coalitions seek to enhance social and economic justice, environmental sustainability, and peace by in¬fluencing policies, policy implementation, and policy-making pro¬cesses of governments, corporations, and other powerful institutions.”
Confronting Power provides an academically rigorous, yet practical and comprehensive framework and concepts for planning, implementing and evaluating policy advocacy. Based on the author's experiences both as teacher and activist, the framework is general enough to be relevant for advocacy in a variety of sectors such as poverty alleviation, human rights and the environment, in different national and cultural contexts, and at levels ranging from influencing a town council to transnational institutions such as the World Bank. By examining a series of case studies, the book illustrates a range of different advocacy campaigns in both the Global South and the United States.
About the author
Jeff Unsicker is Professor and Chair of Sustainable Development at the SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont.
About the book
Confronting Power is currently available to pre-order on the Kumarian Press website. The book officially releases in November and retails for $24.95. To purchase copies of Confronting Power, request exam and/or review copies, please contact Marketing Associate Jennifer Kern at (703) 996-1022 or via e-mail at Jennifer@styluspub.com.