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The Intersection of Voice and Policy: How Collaborative Writing in a Congressional Office Generates a Public Voice

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dc.contributor.advisor Lawrence, Susan
dc.contributor.author Small, Malisah
dc.creator Small, Malisah
dc.date 2010-12-09
dc.date.accessioned 2011-05-25T15:29:57Z
dc.date.available NO_RESTRICTION en_US
dc.date.available 2011-05-25T15:29:57Z
dc.date.issued 2011-05-25
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/1920/6352
dc.description.abstract This paper examines the role congressional staffers play in orchestrating the voice of the Member of Congress through the crafting of press releases, letters, speeches, and other texts on his behalf. The author conducted an ethnographic study of the congressional office where she has worked for four years, examining how the staff writing team works collaboratively to generate the Congressman‟s public voice. The study explores the sources of authority in the writing process, particularly in a culture where writing on behalf of the Congressman has the power to determine and communicate public policy. It examines how staff writers orient first to the Congressman himself, then to various audiences and to each other. It argues that the writing process is significantly impacted by the power structures in the office, but that it also plays an important role in shaping power relationships among writers and between the Congressman and his staff. Finally, this study argues that the congressional voice has a significant impact on crafting and implementing public policy and that staffers, as orchestrators of this voice, have authority to shape policy decisions.
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Voice en_US
dc.subject Collaborative Writing en_US
dc.subject Ghostwriting en_US
dc.subject Public Policy en_US
dc.subject Congressional Staff en_US
dc.title The Intersection of Voice and Policy: How Collaborative Writing in a Congressional Office Generates a Public Voice en_US
dc.type Thesis en
thesis.degree.name Masters in English en_US
thesis.degree.level Master's en
thesis.degree.discipline English en
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University en


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