Gen publishes book on nonprofits in policy advocacy

Tuesday, November 03, 2020

Sheldon Gen, associate professor in the School of Public Affairs & Civic Engagement, published a book on policy advocacy tactics and strategies employed by nonprofit organizations, titled “Nonprofits in Policy Advocacy: Their Strategies and Stories” (Palgrave Macmillan). Coauthored by former SF State faculty member Amy Conley Wright (now at the University of Sydney), the book reports original findings from case studies of 32 advocacy campaigns and a survey of more than 800 nonprofits in the US. Their application of Q-methodology — a scientific approach to studying subjectivity — revealed six unique strategies toward policy change. Case studies tell the stories of how advocates apply these strategies in a wide variety of issues including civil rights, criminal justice, education, energy, environment, public health, public infrastructure and youth.