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From Black Codes to Recodification
Removing the Veil from Regulatory Writing

ISBN 9781138637955
Published March 29, 2017 by Routledge
168 Pages

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Book Description

This book examines Texas regulations from the Texas Black Codes of 1866, some of the most deceptive regulations in Texas history, to contemporary Texas Child Care Licensing regulations, which perhaps symbolize some of the most audience-friendly contemporary regulations in Texas. The author focuses on the contemporary African-American audience, often categorized as distrustful of government. The book can help public policy students understand the complexities of intercultural communication and negotiation in public policy development and implementation.

Table of Contents

CHAPTER I. Introduction: Race, Regulations, and Trust
 Traditional Styles of Regulatory Writing
 Contemporary Arguments for Plain English Regulations
 Organization of Book

CHAPTER II. Case Study I—Texas Black Codes of 1866: Identifying Discourse Markers of Trust
 Identifying Discourse Markers of Trust
 Discourse Analysis of Texas Black Codes
 Findings of Discourse Analysis

CHAPTER III. Texas Laws and Tacit Laws: Redefining Black Labor from "The Nadir" to Civil Rights
 Redefining Apprenticeship and Contract Labor
 Rationale for Contemporary Studies

CHAPTER IV. Case Study II—Texas Agencies: The Challenge of Evoking Trust
 Contextual Inquiry Meeting at State Agency
 Artifacts Collected during Contextual Inquiry Study
 Process Meeting with Group of Policy Writers
 Analysis of Regulatory Writing Tasks

CHAPTER V. Case Study III—Contemporary Black Business Owners: Legalese, Plain English, or Both?
 The Focus Group in Context

CHAPTER VI. An Invention Heuristic for Regulatory Writing
 Implications of Contextual Inquiry and Focus Group Studies
 What Information Do New Policy Writers Need to Know?
 What Style Meets the Needs of the Government Agency and the Public?
 A Rulemaking Heuristic to Evoke Trust in Distrustful Audiences
 Considerations for the Future of Regulatory Writing

 Appendix I: Texas Black Codes in Legalese and Plain English
 Appendix II: Rhetorical Analysis of Texas Black Codes in Legalese and Plain English
 Appendix III: Contextual Inquiry Transcript
 Appendix IV: The Focus Group Meeting



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