Q. Where can I find resources for writing a policy paper?
Last Updated: Feb 18, 2019     Views: 81

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 -

public policy
policy analysis
case study
government agencies
state government
local government
municipal government

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:

institutional model
systems model
streams and windows model
neo-institutionalist model
rational model
game theory
group theory
optimal-normative 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.

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