Public policy is the action (or sometimes inaction) of the government to address a public issue through the state’s institutions.
Public policy affects all areas of our everyday life, for example, education, work and employment, health, crime and justice, social policy and the environment. There are many examples of stories about public policy in the news, such as:
- University tuition fees to pay for the cost of higher education.
- Affordable housing schemes, which aim to help people on lower incomes to get onto the property ladder.
- Equality policies, which aim to stop people from being unfairly discriminated against in the work place.
Or in other words, public policy affects everyone, everyday.
This hub is designed to help you learn more about public policy. It has three sections:-
- Structures: Outlines the various institutions and structures that policy operates within.
- Policies: Gives some examples of topical policy issues.
- Resources: Provides a detailed and up to date listing of key websites and resources, for example, state institutions and think-tanks.
Each page gives a basic overview of a particular topic and highlights useful reading and resources. (You will need a University of Portsmouth login to access some of these resources). Other interesting and associated resources can be found on the right-hand side of each page.
This site acknowledges the precedent of the Policy Hub which was produced under the guidance of the National School of Government, which is intended uniquely for policy-makers and officials.
The Hub was developed and is maintained by the academic and e-learning team in the School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies, University of Portsmouth. This includes the following permanent members of staff:-
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