What options are available now or in the future for students interested in a public policy career? How do they train, network, and advance in the field? Students, parents, professors, guidance counselors, and department chairs are often frustrated by the absence of a solid, readable book on policy careers and options. This book presents the career stories of twenty scholars and policy practitioners who have worked in Congress, the State Department, the CIA, Defense, international agencies, think tanks, the media, and major law firms--all of whom have been influential in shaping public policy--to give readers an accurate and realistic view of life outside the academic world.
No other book provides this type of solid advice for young policy professionals and for older scholars considering career changes. As such, it is vital reading in guidance and department collections, and an essential addition to the personal bookshelves of individual students, scholars, and researchers.
About the Author:
HOWARD J. WIARDA is Professor of Political Science and the Leonard Horwitz Endowed Chair of Comparative and International Politics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He also is Senior Associate, Center for Strategic and International Studies, and Senior Scholar, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He is the author of American Foreign Policy, Comparative Politics, Politics and Social Change in Latin America, Catholic Roots and Democratic Flowers: The Political System of Spain and Portugal, Comparative Democracy and Democratization, and European Politics in the Age of Globalization.