Purpose of Collection: The Public Policy and Administration collection at Carleton Library supports the research activities of faculty, students and staff and the instructional requirements of undergraduate and graduate programs. Public Policy and Administration is an interdisciplinary area of studies within the Faculty of Public Affairs. As such, the collection also provides support for, and draws from teaching and research in a wide variety of related fields such as Public Affairs and Policy Managment, Political Science, International Affairs, Law & Legal Studies, Communication & Media Studies, Business, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Health Sciences.

For concrete examples of our collections in action, please visit our subject guides on Public Policy & Administration and Public Affairs & Policy Management.

Academic Departments & Programs Supported:

Themes/Subject Coverage

  • Policy Analysis – theory, methods or practice of policy, economic models of politics, analysis of socioeconomic data, statistical policy analysis, as well as specific policy fields including: governance, civil society, gender, budgetary, economic, trade, applied microeconomic, health and economics of health, Indigenous communities , tax, education, social and environmental.
  • Public Management – include works on organization theory, ethics and accountability in the public sector, law of public authorities, budgetary and strategic management in the public sector, human resources management, industrial relations and public sector collective bargaining, policy and program evaluation, globalizing public management, management of urban and local government, philanthropy, nonprofit and third sector management and leadership, and intergovernmental relations.
  • Sustainable Energy – include works on policy in: natural resource management, sustainable energy, sustainable development in industrialized countries, environmental and ecological economics, urban sustainability, global agricultural and food systems, and global climate change.

Selection Guidelines


All countries and all regions will be included, with a particular emphasis on Canada, the United States, Europe and the European Union, developing nations.


English language works will be the primary focus of the collection. Works in other languages may be acquired through faculty and student requests.

Types of Material

Books, journals, dissertations/theses, government documents, maps, films, textbooks.


Pamphlets, working papers, popular material, self-published material.

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