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The SAGE Key Concepts series provides students with accessible and authoritative knowledge of the essential topics in a variety of disciplines. Cross-referenced throughout, the format encourages critical evaluation through understanding. Written by experienced and respected academics, the books are indispensable study aids and guides to comprehension.

Key Concepts in Public Relations:

  • Provides a comprehensive, easy-to-use overview to the field
  • Covers over 150 central concepts in PR
  • Paves the way for students to tackle primary texts
  • Grounds students in both practice and theory
  • Takes it further with recommended reading
Public Inquiry
Public inquiry

A public inquiry is an inquiry commissioned by the government to investigate a particular issue. It may be to explore what has gone wrong in a particular set of circumstances – for example, how Dr Harold Shipman was able to commit so many murders undetected – or to consider policies for the future. Long-term inquiries with wide ranging briefs are often constituted as Royal Commissions.

The key defining factor of a public, as opposed to an internal, inquiry, is that it takes its evidence in public. The fact that evidence is given in public, and can be given on oath, has both strengths and weaknesses. Oppositions normally favour public inquiries, as it is harder for the government to cover up its own mistakes ...

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