Public Policy

What is Public Policy?

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines public policy as:

government policies that affect the whole population

Public policy. (n.d.). Retrieved April 20, 2017, from policy

For more information about public policy in Canada, visit Canada’s Public Policy Forum, an independent, non-governmental organization dedicated to improving the quality of government in Canada through dialogue among leaders from all sectors of Canadian society.


The following titles are located in EBSCOhost eBook Academic Collection

Day, K. M., & Winer, S. L. (2012). Interregional Migration and Public Policy in Canada : An Empirical Study. Montréal [Que.]: MQUP.

Downing, R. (2012). Canadian Public Policy and Social Economy. Victoria, B.C.: Univeristy of Victoria.

Gray, C. S. (2015). Strategic Studies and Public Policy : The American Experience. Lexington: The University Press of Kentucky.

Howlett, M. (2013). Canadian Public Policy : Selected Studies in Process and Style. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division.

Lin, H., Berson, T. A., Clark, D. D., & National Research Council, (. (U.S.). (2014). At the Nexus of Cybersecurity and Public Policy: : Some Basic Concepts and Issues. Washington, District of Columbia: National Academies Press.

MacKInnon, P. (2014). University Leadership and Public Policy in the Twenty-first Century : A President’s Perspective. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division.

Mohanty, S., & Mohanty, R. K. (2014). Community Policing As a Public Policy : Challenges and Recommendations. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Manski, C. F. (2013). Public Policy in an Uncertain World. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press.

Peterson, S. A., & Somit, A. (2012). Biopolicy; The Life Sciences and Public Policy. Bingley, U.K.: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Preston, L. E., Post, J. E., & Ebooks, C. (2013). Private Management and Public Policy : The Principle of Public Responsibility. Stanford, California: Stanford Business Books.

Smith, K. B., & Larimer, C. W. (2013). The Public Policy Theory Primer. Boulder, Colo: Westview Press.

Wejnert, B. (2012). Politics and Public Policy. Bingley, U.K.: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.




The following web resources provide information on Public Policy topics.

C.D. Howe Institute Independent not-for-profit research institute whose mission is to raise living standards by fostering economically sound public policies.

Caledon Institute of Social Policy Private, non-profit organization providing policy research reports and info on policy change in Canada.

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Independent, non-partisan research institute concerned with issues of social, economic and environmental justice.

Institute for Research on Public Policy Seeks to improve public policy in Canada by generating research, providing insight and sparking debate on current and emerging policy issues facing Canadians and their governments.

Issue Lab Free access to thousands of case studies, evaluations, white papers, and issue briefs addressing some of the world’s most pressing social problems.

OECD Policy Briefs Find policy briefs by country, topic or date.  

Policy Horizons Canada Organization within the federal government. Anticipates emerging policy challenges and opportunities in a rapidly changing and complex world.

UNESCO: MOST Program Management of Social Transformations (MOST) program focuses on building efficient bridges between research, policy and practice.


The following titles are available in the Quest University Library print collection.

Biopolicy : the life sciences and public policy. Call number JA80 B52 2012

Classics of public policy. Call number H97 C54 2005

Economic analysis, moral philosophy, and public policy. Call number HB72 H357 2006

The economic analysis of public policy. Call number H97 B4655 2007

Economic sanctions : law and public policy. Call number KZ6373 A42 2009

From Athens to America : virtues and the formulation of public policy. Call number HM665 S67 2006

Handbook of public policy. Call number H97 H3582 2006

An introduction to the policy process : theories, concepts, and models of public policy making. Call numberH97 B57 2005 

Public policy and ethnicity : the politics of ethnic boundary making. Call numberGN495.6 P83 2006