Public administration and policy: Recommended starting points

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As a liaison librarian, Bruce Pencek serves several Virginia Tech social science departments -- but not to all of them.. Here are some core sources from other fields that might bear on or deepen your scholarship.

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.

Background: overviews of public administration and policy

Most literature-searching will start here

Social Sciences & History Librarian

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

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

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