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QUESTION: Dear Michael

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_paper
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legislation

A white paper is an authoritative report or guide that helps readers understand an issue, solve a problem, or make a decision. White papers are used in two main spheres: government and B2B Marketing.

White Papers are used as a means of presenting government policy preferences prior to the introduction of legislation as such,the publication of a White Paper serves to test the climate of public opinion regarding a controversial policy issue and enables the government to gauge its probable impact.

1. Can White papers provide a useful tool for Policy Makers - Bureaucrats for creating new policies as well as amending existing policies ?

2. Can White Papers be universally accepted as  Standard documents
by all countries for effective legislation ?

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

ANSWER: Hello,

White papers can be and are useful tools for policy makers.  They are used with great regularity.  Of course, even if a paper purports to be an authoritative neutral and factual document, there is always debate over its potential biases or shortcomings.  Therefore, one would not accept such a paper without questioning its motives or quality of the work product.  So while they can be useful, they should not be accepted without criticism or skepticism.

I hope this helps!
- Mike



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QUESTION: Dear Michael

Thank you.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_(law)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Act_of_Parliament

1. Can White papers be considered as  good source of input documents before the parliament Bills are passed in the legislature ?

2. Can White Papers be universally accepted as  Standard documents
by all countries for effective legislation ?

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

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Hello again,

I thought I answered these questions, but I will try to clarify:

1. Can White papers be considered as  good source of input documents before the parliament Bills are passed in the legislature ?

White papers are never perfectly neutral and not necessarily all comprehensive.  Before anything can be considered as source material, its biases and accuracy must be ascertained.  A good factual apparently unbiased white paper from a credible and respected source can certain be a good source of input.

2. Can White Papers be universally accepted as  Standard documents
by all countries for effective legislation ?

No one will universally accept anything.  There are all sorts of white papers with which many people disagree.  Basic facts can be challenged or criticized.  Sources can be suspect.  There are many who deny very basic provable facts, such as the Holocaust of the Jews during WWII, or the fact that the earth is getting warmer.  There are even some people today who still claim the world is flat.  In short, you will almost never have 100% agreement worldwide on anything.  Therefore, any paper, not matter how authoritative and factually based, will be universally accepted by all.

- Mike  

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I can answer just about any question about U.S. Political history, Constitutional law, the legislative process, elections, etc. I enjoy Presidential and Congressional historical trivia, but can answer more substantive questions too.

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Former Staff member for a Congressman and Senator. I also worked on about 10 Congressional and Presidential campaigns (only one that won). For a short time, I worked in the legal department of the Federal Election Commission.    I have a B.A. in Political Science.

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Former LBJ Fellow (paid fellowship for Congressional Staff).
Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science Honorary Society).

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Washington Post
Washington Times

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J.D. University of Michigan
B.A. George Washington University (Poli. Sci. major).

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LBJ Fellow
Truman Scholar

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