1st Edition

Strategic Policy Design
A Practitioner's Guide to Statecraft

ISBN 9781482239928
Published March 25, 2020 by Routledge
204 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations

USD $160.00

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Book Description

Modern organizations, whether public or private, are animated by a universal imperative: to achieve prominent goals that fulfill their mandates and uphold deeply held values and ideals. To realize this imperative, leaders entrusted to pursue organizational missions need to exercise a core set of strategic skills, discern opportunities, identify worthy goals, and implement pursuing actions. Strategic Policy Design introduces an integrated architecture for strategic thinking that enhances leadership skills in gauging conditions and crystallizing plans. This framework promotes a structured approach to strategic tasks by offering templates for decision making, from articulating a strategic mission, understanding the environment in which an organization operates, and rallying people and resources toward attaining strategic goals to a portable, versatile framework for the development and writing of strategy-oriented communications.

For practitioners of policy, this book offers clarity of strategic thinking and introduces a new framework with which to perceive policy environments, identify and define goals, and organize strategies. For students, this book explores the skill and art in exercising leadership, encompassing both pragmatism and idealism. By learning and applying the showcased techniques, students will be equipped with a heightened awareness of policy domains, goal construction, and operational planning. Students in public-sector studies will find this book of interest, as will those studying political science, public administration, law, foreign affairs, international development, history, military sciences, and similar majors. The organizational perspective in strategy will also appeal to students in both business and non-profit sectors.

Table of Contents

List of Figures. List of Tables. Preface. Acknowledgements. Introduction. Part 1 The Strategic Mission. Chapter 1 The VIPs of Leadership. Chapter 2 The Strategic Mission Cycle. Chapter 3 The Strategic Mission Triads. Part 2. The Strategic Domain. Chapter 4 Assessing Actors and Factors. Chapter 5 The Line System for Domain Analysis. PART 3 The Strategic Goal. Chapter 6 Assessing Capabilities. Chapter 7 Goal Crafting. Chapter 8 Heuristic Cascade of a Strategic Goal. PART IV The Strategic Plan. Chapter 9 The POSTERS Roadmap to the Goal. Chapter 10 The Line Elements of a Strategic Plan. Chapter 11 Heuristic Cascade of a Strategic Plan. Chapter 12 Communications Tools.  Index.

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Jack C. Chow served as U.S. Ambassador and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for global health and science issues during the presidency of George W. Bush, and he subsequently was Assistant Director-General at the World Health Organization. He held posts within the legislative and executive branches of the U.S. government and was a consultant at RAND Corporation and McKinsey & Company. He is a Distinguished Service Professor (adjunct) in the Washington, D.C. program of Carnegie Mellon University, Heinz School of Public Policy and Management.


Strategic Policy Design is a flexible tool for educators and a valuable resource for aspiring leaders at every level. While policymaking processes are the central focus of courses on public policy, we should not overlook that the future quality of those processes begins today—the moment we begin to teach our students to think like leaders. Effective leadership is all about strategy, and this book provides an efficient framework for introducing students to this skillset.

Jangsup Choi, Texas A&M University-Commerce, USA