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Public Policy information resources: Background information

General background information

  • What is policy? - classic 2005 report defining policy from Caledon Institute of Social Policy
  • Inside bureaucracy [print] - even more classic 1967 research study on bureaucratic decision-making
  • A practical guide for policy analysis : the eightfold path to more effective problem solving [print] Probably the most useful public policy book you will read
  • Find Public Policy Documents (University of Calgary) Listing two dozen types of document possibilities, "finding a public policy is often a very difficult process." Start with the guide Canadian federal, provincial, and local resources


  • Blackwell dictionary of social policy [print]
  • Bilingual vocabulary for governance, public policy & administration [print]
  • Dictionary of public policy and administration [print]
  • International dictionary of public management and governance [print or online]



Topic-specific background information

Economic policy

Environmental policy

Health policy

Labour policy