Outline of public affairs

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The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to public affairs:

Public affairs – catch-all term that includes public policy as well as public administration, both of which are closely related to and draw upon the fields of political science and economics.

Essence of public affairs[edit]

  • Public – in public relations and communication science, the contexts of "public" are:
    • Publics – groups of individuals
    • The public (a.k.a."the general public") – the totality of such groups.
  • Affairs – professional, personal, or public business matters.

Branches of public affairs[edit]

  • Public policy – principled guide to action taken by the administrative or executive branches of the state with regard to a class of issues in a manner consistent with law and institutional customs. Public policy is commonly embodied "in constitutions, legislative acts, and judicial decisions."[1]
  • Public administration – implementation of government policy and an academic discipline that studies this implementation and that prepares civil servants for this work.[2]

General public affairs concepts[edit]


  1. ^ Schuster, W. Michael (2008-12-31). "Schuster II, W. Michael, "For the Greater Good: The Use of Public Policy Considerations in Confirming Chapter 11 Plans of Reorganization"". Papers.ssrn.com. SSRN 1368469. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ "Random House Unabridged Dictionary". Dictionary.infoplease.com. Retrieved 2013-06-20.

External links[edit]

About the industry
Industry publications
  • PR Week , a PR trade weekly with both a US and UK edition
  • O'Dwyer's PR Daily, another trade publication, occasionally featuring critical essays and investigative journalism about the industry
  • PR News, online and offline publication that also issues PR awards, webinars and guidebooks
Industry associations and institutes
Watchdogs and critics
  • SourceWatch Provides background on PR agencies and practitioners.
  • PR Watch, critiques PR campaigns
  • Spinwatch, a page which monitors public relations and propaganda
  • CorporateWatch, a critical overview of the public relations and lobbying industry
  • Annenberg Political Fact Check, a nonpartisan, nonprofit consumer advocate which monitors the factual accuracy of statements by political players