Good public policy and good policy-making requires excellent research and fully engaged stakeholders.
By the time a government initiative is announced or introduced as legislation, it is probably too late for affected groups to engineer major changes. The key to effective government relations, therefore, is early warning of contemplated policies, policy changes or other initiatives, which in turn requires an intimate knowledge of how government really works.
Governments no longer rely exclusively or even largely on legislation to do what they want to do. Governments now govern by regulations, policy statements and even by press release. The processes by which these are developed are rarely public or transparent and are difficult to influence.
Begin your government relations on a solid footing. Fully informed. Solid intelligence and timely, sound advice.
Effective government relations requires first-rate intelligence gathering to identify threats or opportunities, followed by a carefully crafted response.