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Government Information: Public Policy

Guide covering the various aspects of government information at Stanford Library. it includes information for the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), as well as state, local, and international government bodies.

Public Policy

Public policy is broadly speaking the study of government programs, laws, and regulations. Public policy touches on all aspects of life including education, transportation, urban studies, climate and the environment and more. It includes research into the primary resources of governments like legislative histories of bills, reports, and other publications but also the analysis of the impact of government policies via news, scholarly research in academic journals and books, as well as policy research from non-governmental think tanks and research institutes. Public policy overlaps with other subject areas in the library including education, political science, economics, business, sociology, history, and law. 

Suggested databases for exploring public policy: