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Public Policy

Guide to resources for government, public policy, and public administration.

Recommended Reference Sources

Almanac of American politics. (2008). Washington: National Journal. (Reference - 1st floor, call number: JK 1012 .A44 2008)

Bessette, J. M. (Ed.). (1998) Encyclopedia of American government (Vols. 1-4). Pasadena, CA: Salem. (Reference - 1st floor, call number: JK 9 .E52 1998)

Bhatta, G. (2006). International dictionary of public management. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe. (Reference - 1st floor, call number: JA 61 .B48 2006).

CQ Almanac (2012-2015) - Annual almanac detailing the major legislative and political activities iof the U.S. Government each year.

CQ Weekly. (1998-present). Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly. (Reference - 1st floor, call number: JK1 .C659).

Krieger, J. (Ed.). The Oxford companion to politics of the world (2nd ed.). New York: Oxford University Press. (Reference - 1st floor, call number: JA 61 .O95 2001)

Maryland manual (biennial). Annapolis: State Archives. (Latest paper ed. READY REFERENCE) (Reference - 1st floor, call number: JK 3831 .M36) (updated edition available online at:

Rabin, J ., Hildreth, W. B., & Miller, G. J. (1998). Handbook of public administration (2nd ed.). New York: Marcel Dekker.

Sears, J.L. (2001). Using government information sources: Electronic and print. Phoenix: Oryx Press. (Reference - 1st floor, call number: J 83.S4 2001)

Shafritz, J.M. (ed.). (1998). International encyclopedia of public policy and administration. Boulder: Westview Press. (Reference - 1st floor, call number: H97 .I574 1998)

United States government manual. Washington: Government Printing Office. (Government Documents - 2nd floor AE 2.108/2: 2009-2010; also available online at:

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Administrative Agencies
Administrative Law
Affirmative action programs
Benchmarking (Management)
Business Ethics
City planning
Civil service
Collective bargaining
Communication in organizations
Conflict resolution
Crisis management
Disaster relief
Emergency management
Environmental policy
Finance, public
Finance, public - Accounting
Fund raising
Government productivity
Government spending
Health services administration
Housing policy
Human services
Industrial organization
Intergovernmental fiscal relations
International organization
International relations
Knowledge management
Medical policy
Non-governmental organizations
Nonprofit organizations
Nonprofit organizations - Management
Nonprofit organizations - Marketing
Operations research
Organizational change
Organizational effectiveness
Organizational learning
Personnel management
Public administration
Public contracts
Public-private sector cooperation
Strategic planning