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Encyclopedia > White paper

A white paper is a report or guide that often addresses problems and how to solve them. White papers are used to educate readers and help people make decisions. They are used in politics and in business. The white papers published by corporations are usually available from their websites.

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Government white papers

In the Commonwealth of Nations, "white paper" is an informal name for a parliamentary paper enunciating government policy; in the United Kingdom these are mostly issued as "Command papers". White papers are issued by the government and lay out policy, or proposed action, on a topic of current concern. Although a white paper may on occasion be a consultation as to the details of new legislation, it does signify a clear intention on the part of a government to pass new law. By contrast, green papers, which are issued much more frequently, are more open-ended. These green papers, also known as consultation documents, may merely propose a strategy to be implemented in the details of other legislation or they may set out proposals on which the government wishes to obtain public views and opinion. The Commonwealth of Nations as of 2008. ... Front cover of the National Plan published by the Department for Economic Affairs in 1965 as Cmnd. ... In Britain, the Republic of Ireland, and other similar Commonwealth jurisdictions (e. ...


White papers published by the European Commission are documents containing proposals for European Union action in a specific area. They sometimes follow a green paper released to launch a public consultation process. Berlaymont, the Commissions seat The European Commission (formally the Commission of the European Communities) is the executive branch of the European Union. ... In Britain, the Republic of Ireland, and other similar Commonwealth jurisdictions (e. ...


For examples see the following:

The Churchill White Paper of 3 June 1922 clarified how Britain viewed the Balfour Declaration, 1917. ... is the 161st day of the year (162nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... London Conference, St. ... The White Paper Full Employment in Australia was the defining document of economic policy in Australia for the 30 years between 1945 and 1975. ... The White Paper on Defence is a white paper of the Canadian government which was tabled on March 26, 1964. ... The Canadian Forces (CF) (French: Forces canadiennes (FC)) are the unified armed forces of Canada, governed by the National Defence Act, which states: The Canadian Forces are the armed forces of Her Majesty raised by Canada and consist of one Service called the Canadian Armed Forces. ... A major British defence policy brought by the Labour Party government under Prime Minister Harold Wilson the main author was the then Secretary of Defense Denis Healey. ... The BAC TSR-2 was an ill-fated cold war project developed by the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC) in the early 1960s. ... In Place of Strife was a British Government White paper, written in 1969. ... The 1969 White Paper was a Canadian policy document in which Minister of Indian Affairs, the Hon. ... The Indian Act of Canada (1876) (full title An Act respecting Indians) is an Act which establishes the rights of registered Indians and of their bands. ... First Nations is a term of ethnicity that refers to the indigenous peoples in what is now Canada who are neither Inuit nor Métis people. ...

Commercial white papers

Since the mid 1990s, the term "white paper" has also come to refer to documents used by businesses as a marketing or sales tool. For example, many white papers today reveal the benefits of particular technologies and products. By the mid 20th century humans had achieved a mastery of technology sufficient to leave the surface of the Earth for the first time and explore space. ...


These types of white papers are almost always marketing communications documents and are designed to promote a specific company's solutions or products. As a marketing tool, it is important to note that these papers will always highlight information favorable to the company authoring or sponsoring the paper. Such white papers are often used to generate sales leads, establish thought leadership, make a business case or to educate customers. White papers, when written objectively, are often regarded as a credible source of information. Marketing communications (or marcom) are messages and related media used to communicate with a market. ... Thought leader is a buzzword or article of jargon used to describe a person who is recognized among his or her peers for innovative ideas and demonstrates the condfidence to promote those ideas. ...

This is the NBC News White Paper, broadcast in 1980, credited with beginning the Quality Revolution and introducing W. Edwards Deming to American managers. ... William Edwards Deming (October 14, 1900–December 20, 1993) was an American statistician, college professor, author, lecturer, and consultant. ...

Production

Because of their persuasive nature, white papers should be carefully crafted to avoid the perception of salesmanship. This can be easily accomplished by inserting key educational content that is relevant to the intended readers. White papers should focus on the needs of readers, rather than the specific solution suggested by the paper's sponsor.


The book Writing White Papers explains, "leading with problems or needs early in your white paper is a very powerful method to gain the interest of your readers."


Typical content for a white paper includes sections on:

  • Market drivers
  • Problem development
  • Historical overviews
  • Generic introduction to the solution
  • Benefits
  • Examples
  • What to look for in an ideal solution
  • Ideal solution

See also

In Britain, the Republic of Ireland, and other similar Commonwealth jurisdictions (e. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Rainbow Books. ... Persuasive writing is used to convince the reader of the writer’s argument. ...

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White paper - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (528 words)
White papers are issued by the government and lay out policy, or proposed action, on a topic of current concern.
Although a white paper may occasion consultation as to the details of new legislation, it does signify a clear intention on the part of a government to pass new law.
White papers published by the European Commission are documents containing proposals for European Union action in a specific area.
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