Public Policy

 

Introduction

 
Public policy can be generally defined as a system of laws, regulatory measures, courses of action, and funding priorities concerning a given topic promulgated by a governmental entity or its representatives. public policy is primarily focused on people, recognizing that technical expertise is meant to serve the interests of people, and policy decisions should be made after due deliberation, with ample opportunities afforded to ordinary people to shape those policy decisions.
 
It has been taken for granted for a long time, in many countries, that public policy is what the government does, and, by definition, all public policy must be in the public interest. But clearly not everything that public servants do is automatically in the public interest.  One argument that is often made is that because elected leaders in democracies rely on experts to formulate and implement public policies, it is better to leave public policies to these experts in the first place, without interfering with them. Technocrats are credited with a ‘problem-solving’ mindset, and with the capacity to rise above the narrow interests of their particular occupation groups.
 
This resource guide, prepared by the library staff aims to list useful sources of information on the subject, that are available in JGU Library and elsewhere, both in print and electronic forms. It also includes important links to useful free & open access web resources.
 
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Global Library holds a number of print books and e-books on Public policy 

A ready to use list of books in the JGU Library on Public Policy is available here: Books on Public policy

A list of videos in JGU Library is available here: Videos on Public policy

Books on Public policy related subjects can be found in the library in the following shelf sequences:

305.420973 Gender and Public Policy
320.6    Governance, Globalization and Public Policy
320.60973 Public Policy Politics
336  Public Finance
351 Public administration and public affairs
361.25 Social Policy and Public Policy
361.61 Political Theory and Public Policy
519.3 Game Theory and Public Policy
658.421 Entrepreneurship and Public Policy

                                    

                                          

                                      

                                               

 

 

 

 

Majority of the E-Books held/subscribed by the Library can be discovered using the online library catalogue at http://koha.jgu.edu.in .

E-books can also be accessed through the following general resources:

Individually acquired e-books titles are hosted on JGU's Institutional E-archives http://dspace.jgu.edu.in:8080/jspui/handle/10739/56

 
Major Referencw Works:
 
To access Public policy, updated major reference collection, visit shelves (Central Block of the Global Library).  Some reference collection on Public policy, as follow:
 
Reference works, secondary and tertiary sources are the starting point to begin your research. Some major reference works on Public policy are listed below. Links to the JGU library catalogue have been provided with the sources that are available in the library.
 
Handbooks:
Strategies for effective Googling: Many fantastic public policy resources--in particular, policy briefs from think tanks, NGOs, and research institutes can be found online. Here are a few tips for more efficient, effective Google searches:
  
Include the phrase "policy brief" in your search. (Keep the quotation marks around "policy brief" to find this exact phrase.)
Use a site: search. This will limit your search to a broad domain (e.g., .org sites, .edu sites, .gov sites) or to a specific website (e.g.,  http://www.urban.org).
 
If you're not sure which think tank, NGO, or agency might have issued policy papers on your topic, try a search engine that's powered by Google but limited to a select group of sites.
 
 
  • Think Tank Search (Harvard Kennedy School): A directory of U.S. and international think tanks, as well as a custom Google search of more than 250 think tank websites.
 

Directories:

Global Think Tank Watch : Searchable database of policy research and analysis. (Here are the think tanks and research institutes included in the GTT Watch database.

Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (International Relations Program, UPenn) : Includes research on the role of think tanks in society, as well as the Global Go To Think Tanks Report, which looks at think tank trends and issues, and ranks think tanks in a variety of areas (by region, by research interest, by achievement, etc.

‘e-Journals on Public Policy

Below is a list of top rated peer-reviewed journals on Public policy (Source Scimango Institutions Rank)
 

S.N

Title

Type

SJR

H index

Total Docs. (2013)

Total Docs. (3years)

Total Refs.

Total Cites (3years)

Citable Docs. (3years)

Cites / Doc. (2years)

Ref. / Doc.

Country

1

Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory

J

3,285

53

37

150

2.534

425

143

3,09

68,49

GB

2

Journal of European Public Policy

J

1,818

53

88

214

3.944

405

209

1,71

44,82

US

3

Public Administration

J

1,731

48

84

215

4.932

454

204

2,13

58,71

GB

4

International Public Management Journal

J

1,637

20

23

65

1.821

88

56

0,97

79,17

GB

5

Journal of Social Policy

J

1,369

33

42

114

1.957

208

106

2,06

46,60

GB

6

Policy Studies Journal

J

1,362

30

34

115

2.340

254

107

2,69

68,82

GB

7

Journal of Public Relations Research

J

1,361

10

24

67

1.406

100

63

0,83

58,58

GB

8

Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management

J

0,881

19

59

154

2.053

144

135

0,87

34,80

GB

9

Policy Sciences

J

0,868

29

22

56

1.526

93

52

1,61

69,36

NL

10

Social Policy and Administration

J

0,858

31

56

124

2.833

170

115

1,49

50,59

GB

11

Journal of Public Policy

J

0,606

26

19

38

742

50

36

1,47

39,05

GB

12

Public Budgeting and Finance

J

0,599

7

24

73

865

42

68

0,82

36,04

GB

13

Public Services Quarterly

J

0,597

6

30

83

365

51

71

0,44

12,17

GB

14

Science and Public Policy

J

0,597

33

64

199

3.396

256

198

1,23

53,06

GB

15

Globalizations

J

0,581

14

67

159

3.423

163

152

0,81

51,09

GB

16

International Review of Administrative Sciences

J

0,579

24

48

123

1.921

121

113

1,18

40,02

GB

17

Critical Policy Studies

J

0,575

6

31

98

1.456

102

95

0,82

46,97

US

18

Public Policy and Administration

J

0,556

12

70

163

2.321

117

162

0,65

33,16

GB

19

Criminology & Public Policy

J

0,516

4

56

58

1.891

39

51

0,76

33,77

GB

20

Public Money and Management

J

0,498

25

79

214

1.572

144

179

0,78

19,90

GB

21

Journal of Public Procurement

J

0,215

2

12

20

581

6

18

0,33

48,42

US

22

Public Policy Research

J

0,196

6

8

119

0

23

99

0,17

0,00

GB

23

International Journal of Public Policy

J

0,155

6

25

95

830

29

95

0,27

33,20

GB

24

Research in Public Policy Analysis and Management

K

0,101

3

9

25

526

0

25

0,00

58,44

US

25

International Journal of Public Sector Performance Management

J

0,102

1

5

11

238

0

11

0,00

47,60

GB

In addition of the above mentioned top ranked journals, click here to access a number of databases subscribed by Global Library which consist numerous journals, research and working paper on    Public policy  through EBSCO’s Business Source premier , JSTOR , SSRN etc. 

Magazine & Newsletters:

Canadian Politics & Public Policy Magazine :  This magazine stimulate research and discussion of public policy problems in Canada. It is directed at a wide readership including decision makers and advisers in business organizations and governments, and policy researchers in private institutions and universities.

Public Policy Magazine (Simon Fraser Uni.)  :  This magazine helps to innovate educationcutting-edge research and community outreach intersect.

Newsletters:

Public Policy NewsletterThis newsletter provides the compressive information about Public Policy.

Biocom public policy Newsletter : This newsletter give a quick snapshot of how we engage at all levels of the government, in both legislative and regulatory .

Rand Public Policy Newsletter : RAND Corporation is a research organization that develops solutions to public policy challenges to help make communities throughout the world safer and more secure, healthier and more prosperous. RAND is nonprofit, nonpartisan, and committed to the public interest.

Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) Newsletter : It is an independent non-profit think tank based in Berlin. It analyze global affairs with aspirations of policy relevance.

Reports:

CIPD Public Policy Reports: This reports highlight our most recent positions and research in relation to evolving policy developments across the employment and people management landscape.

Most Stanford dissertations written between 1989 and 2009 are available as PDFs from Proquest. You can access these directly from Dissertations & Theses @ Stanford or from the Search works record.

ABI Inform CompleteThe most comprehensive ABI/INFORM™ database, this comprises ABI/INFORM Global, ABI/INFORM Trade and Industry, and ABI/INFORM Dateline. The database features thousands of full-text journals, dissertations, working papers, key business and economics periodicals such as the Economist, country-and industry-focused reports, and downloadable data. Large no. of full text articles is available on this subject.

 
ACCESS: Via the Proquest Database

Access from the advanced search option.  Once there scroll down to the heading 'Document type' and tick the 'Case studies' box.  Enter keywords and undertake your search as you usually would. Global Library have subscription of this database.

HeinOnline This is an ever-expanding, comprehensive, image-based collection of legal periodicals. This online database offers a number of search and browse features that make it a very useful tool for the legal researcher. Database with US government documents from all branches, law review articles, and primary source materials, focusing on comprehensive retrospective coverage unavailable elsewhere.

Audio Visual Lecture & Tutorials:

MITOPenCoursewareThis link provide a very good collection of classroom video tutorial on Public Policy.

TEDx It is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). It covers almost all topics — from science to Social science".

Academic Earth : It is a website launched by Richard Ludlow and co-founders Chris Bruner and Liam Pisano. Which offers free online video lectures from universities such as UC Berkeley, UCLA, University of Michigan, Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Stanford, and Yale.

E-Archives, Online Courses, Course Material:

MitopencoursewareMIT Open Courseware (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world. The main focus of this courseware is unlocking Knowledge.

Lectures on Public PolicyThis a web-based video collection of Institute for advanced study on public policy.

Making Public Policy This course aims to get students thinking about politics and policy as a part of their everyday life. We treat politics as a struggle among competing advocates trying to persuade others to see the world as they do, working within a context that is structured primarily by institutions and cultural ideas.

Public Finance and Public Policy: This course explores the role of government in the economy, applying tools of basic microeconomics to answer important policy questions such as government response to global warming, school choice by K-12 students, Social Security versus private retirement savings accounts, government versus private health insurance, setting income tax rates for individuals and corporations

Online Public Policy Vocational Schools with Program Info Several state and private colleges and universities offer a variety of online public policy programs.

Online MPA and certificate programs designed for working professionals on Public policy :  Turn your professional experience into graduate credit—and graduate sooner with an MPA or graduate certificate from SPEA Connect's online programs. We’ll reward you for skills and experience that you have already mastered.

 

Public Policy Organization

Annenberg Public Policy Center : Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania has been the premier communication policy center in the USA since its founding in 1993. By conducting and releasing research, staging conferences and hosting policy discussions, its scholars have addressed the role of communication in politics, adolescent behavior, child development, health care, civics and mental health, among other important arenas.

 
Portals:

Google Portal for Public Policy :  Follow this portal for public policy related news and analytical article. It helps to interact with Google’s views on government, policy and politics.

 

World Forums

Public Policy Forum : This forum build bridges and transfer knowledge across sectors through constructive dialogue. It helps to address issues related to Public service and governance, Human capital and Economy and competitiveness. 

Forum on Public Policy:  It disseminate knowledge with regard to salient issues in public affairs. This includes research and policy advancement in both the public and private sectors that address government issues at state, national and international levels of discourse.

Center for Public Policy Priorities : It is an independent public policy organization that uses data and analysis to advocate for solutions that enable Texans of all backgrounds to reach their full potential.

National Center for Policy Analysis: NCPA offers several formats to interact with other individuals. Join the conversation on health or economic policy, retirement and taxes, or energy and environment.

Public Agenda: This public opinion research and public engagement organization works to strengthen our democracy’s capacity to tackle tough public policy issues.

Open Forum: Open Forum is an independent collaborative think-tank in Australia built around an interactive discussion website hosted and moderated by Global Access Partners (GAP). It provides a platform for focused dialogue on social, political, economic, ecological and cultural issues and challenges.

The Annenberg Public Policy Center: This Web site is designed to give scholars, the media and the general public expanded access to the work that APPC began in 1993.

 

Blogs, & APPS

 

Blogs

Consumer Law & Policy BlogThe contributors to this blog are lawyers and law professors who practice, teach, or write about consumer law and policy.

LeviathanThis is a new public policy blog initiated by The Economist . The public policy editor reports on how governments in Britain and beyond are rethinking and reforming the state’s role in public services.

AAS Public Policy BlogThis is the American Astronomical Society’s Public Policy Blog, created so this organization could interact with its membership and the public.

Public Knowledge:This Washington DC-based public interest group works to defend your rights in the emerging digital culture. 

Women Impacting Public Policy: This group represents more than 505,000 women in business and women business owners nationwide.

Health Care Cost Monitor: The Health Care Cost Monitor provides commentary and opinion on cost control as part of the implementation of health care reform and in the broader context of assessing national priorities.

 

Apps

There are several free and for purchase apps, available for Android devices that can assist with Public policy policy information updates. Android Apps for Public Policy can be found in the following general sources: Public policy

Toolkit

AAFCS Public Policy Toolkit: In this toolkit, the AAFCS Public Policy Committee presents information and tools designed to empower effective action to support legislation and policies favorable to our concerns as family and consumer sciences professionals.

 

Facebook

Public Policy Public policy is the principled guide to action taken by the administrative executive branches of the state with regard to a class of issues in a manner consistent with law and institutional customsThe foundation of public policy is composed of national constitutional laws and regulations.

Center for Public Policy Priorities IT is an independent public policy organization that uses data and analysis to advocate for solutions that enable Texans of all backgrounds to reach their full potential.

Public Policy Research CentreIt works in the area of public policy to explore constructive solutions on important policy issues through discussions, debates, seminars, study circles and brainstorming sessions. brainstorming sessionsbrainstorming sessions

Public Policy Professionals :3P is a network to connect all public policy professionals, public system administrators and people interested in public policy. It is a platform to communicate ones views on several public interest. It will be professional and content driven.

Center for Public Policy PrioritiesIt is an independent public policy organization that uses data and analysis to advocate for solutions that enable Texans of all backgrounds to reach their full potential. We dare Texas to be the best state for hard-working people and their families.

 

Twitter

Google Public PolicyThis twitter page provide a platform to discusses the use of the phrase 'public policy' in legal doctrine

Public Policy ForumThis twitter page raising the bar on public policy conversations for Canadians.

PublicPolicy|SotonConnecting world leading researchers with policymakers to enrich evidence based policymaking.

Cam Public PolicyThis twitter page is Cambridge University Public Policy Initiative. It connect the world leading researchers with policymakers.

 

You Tube

Public Policy Analysis Course Cover: This course, we will be focusing on an introduction to the study of public policy and the professional practice of policy analysis. The definition and formulation of complex policy problems and the analysis of policy arguments will be covered as well. Throughout the course, you will reflect on and examine the essential components of public policy, as well as analytical approaches to public policy. This will help you to take the first step in understanding a policy analyst's position.

Excellence in Public Policy (LSE lecture series): For excellent public policy, it is necessary to have a clear idea of both the ends to be achieved (including equity, quality and efficiency), and the means for achieving those ends (including the structure of motivation and incentives, and the appropriate balance between market and state). Julian has made major contributions in all of these areas, and this Seminar is an opportunity for distinguished academics and commentators to reflect on his work while developing their own ideas.

National/International

Conference AlertsThis website provide all the updates about upcoming conference event of your interest in India and worldwide. It covers an array of topics like Business and Economics, Social Sciences & Humanities, Law, Education, Health and medicine etc. To get regular update on upcoming conference, you can set up an email alert.

AllconferencealertsThis website provides all the updates about upcoming conference event of your interest in India. To get regular update on upcoming conference, you can set up an email alert.

Global Public Policy SymposiumThe themes of this Symposium are concerned with the emerging issues in the contemporary society. Some of the key challenges of the present include security, civil society, environment and sustainability, leadership and legitimacy.

 

Bibliographic/Citation Management Tools:

 Zotero : Free, web-based tool that works as a browser plug-in. Zotero also has a desktop client that works well on all platforms.

EndNote : This software designed to collect and organize research; compatible with EndNote Web. At present, we have one user licence of  this Citation management tools.

Mendeley : It is a free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research.

Turnitin : It is an internet based anti-plagiarism detection software. Turnitin's main objective is to prevent plagiarism, and engage students through originality check, grade mark, and peer mark, at promoting quality academic writing within learning Institutions. We are subscribing  this anti-plagiarism detection software.
 
IBM SPSS Statistics Base : An analytical & statistical tool for educationists to gain insight into student assessment, program effectiveness, resource allocation, research initiatives etc. We are subscribing  this statistical tool.
 
Isee STELLA Systems : We are subscribing  this Simulation and modeling tool.
 
Survey Monkey : It is an online survey tool for data analysis, sample selection, bias elimination, and data representation. We are subscribing  this online survey tool.

Funding Opportunities : 

Public Policy Research: Public Policy Research Funding Scheme was launched by the Government in 2005 through UGC to promote public policy research in higher education institutions. An amount of $20 million was allocated from the Central Policy Unit (CPU) to the RGC annually for administering the Public Policy Research (PPR) funding scheme.
 
Public Policy Research Funding Scheme & Strategic Public Policy Research Funding Scheme : Public Policy Research (PPR) Funding Scheme started in 2005 to promote public policy research. The Strategic Public Policy Research (SPPR) Funding Scheme was launched in 2008 to facilitate longer-term public policy research on specific areas. From 2013-14 onwards, the CPU has been administering the Scheme. The SPPR Funding Scheme has since been merged into the PPR Funding Scheme.

IGC research funding : Based at the London School of Economics and in partnership with the University of Oxford IGC aims to promote sustainable growth in developing countries by providing demand-led policy advice based on frontier research. Based at the London School of Economics and in partnership with the University of Oxford, the IGC directs a global network of world-leading researchers and in-country teams in Africa and Asia.

Domestic Public Policy Research Grants (Duke University) : The Domestic Public Policy Program supports projects that will help the public and policy makers understand and address critical challenges facing the United States. An overarching goal of the Foundation's grant making is to support projects that help stimulate and inform important public policy debates. To that end, the Foundation supports research on and evaluation of existing public policies and programs, as well as projects that inject new ideas into public debates.

UNC Public Policy Funding and Awards : The Duncan MacRae Jr. Public Policy Fund supports research opportunities and internship experiences for Public Policy.

PhD program funding : Fellowships from external sources often offer very generous multi-year packages of support. Applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents may especially wish to investigate the following options: 

 

 

Google Public Policy Fellowship: The Google Policy Fellowship program offers undergraduate, graduate, and law students interested in Internet and technology policy the opportunity to spend the summer contributing to the public dialogue on these issues, and exploring future academic and professional interests.

 

Subject Guides of other Library

Yale University Subject Guide on Public Policy

Duke University Subject Guide on Public Policy

 

Acknowledgements

Staff of Global Library gratefully acknowledge contribution of Mr. Buddhi Prakash Chauhan, Library Director for his leadership in preparation of this Resource Guide, and Dr. R Sudarshan, Dean Jindal School of Government and Public Policy (JSGP) for evaluating the draft and making valuable additions to the resource guide.