Answered By: Julie LaDell-Thomas Last Updated: Nov 04, 2014 Views: 38
If you don't have a specific public policy in mind, you may want to begin by reviewing articles about public policy in state or local government to give you some ideas. Once you have an idea of the type of public policies you're interested in, you'll probably find it easier to locate articles that meet your needs by searching terms related to a specific policy area (health, education, environment, etc.)
You can locate journal articles related to public policy by searching the ABI INFORM or Public Administration Abstracts databases. Access these databases using our PSC 514 Research Guide linked below. This research guide contains many other resources that may also be helpful in your research.
Try combining search terms such as -
To make your search more specific, you can add terms related to different areas of public policy such as:
criminal justice (e.g. death penalty, gun control, policing, etc.)
social issues (e.g. abortion, civil rights)
economy (e.g. budgets, taxes)
education (e.g. public schools, higher education)
environment (e.g. water, air, etc.)
health (e.g. insurance, Medicare, etc.)
You can also search for information about various public policy models by using terms such as:
streams and windows model
elite mass model
market exchange model
For more information on types and models of public policy, check out the books linked below.
You may also want to take a look at the attached list of articles that discuss a public policy related to state or local government. You will need to log in using your CMU global ID and password to access the full text documents.