Public administration and policy: Recommended starting points

Public administration and policy at Virginia Tech

Public administration and policy concentrate on how governments carry out their goals – most familiarly, how bureaucrats interpret and implement laws – and the consequences of those behaviors. In dealing with the complex outputs and outcomes of government policy-making, the field draws on the techniques and concerns of other social sciences such as sociology, economics, and political science to situate public administrators in larger, dynamic contexts alongside other political actors (e.g. nonprofit organizations).

The interdisciplinary aspect of the field is revealed in the location of the Virginia Tech Center for Public Administration and Policy within the School of Public and International Affairs.

Overview of public administration and policy

Recommended online resources

Social Sciences & History Librarian

Bruce Pencek
3050 Newman Library (MC 0434)
560 Drillfield Dr
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Office hours:
Tu 2-4 pm,
Wed 1-3 pm,
and by appointment
(540) 231-2140

Ask a Librarian