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Public Affairs, Public Service, and Public Administration: Organizations

This guide includes resources for studying public affairs, public service, and public administration.


The E-Governance Institute
"Mission is to explore how the internet and other information technologies (IT) have and will continue to impact on the productivity and performance of the public sector and how e-government fosters new and deeper citizen involvement within the governing process."

Center for Digital Government
"(A) national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government." Conducts annual Digital Cities, Digital Counties and Digital States surveys.

Office of E-Government & Information Technology
Documents and reports from the Office of Management and Budget related to federal e-government initiatives and practices.

Case studies, best practices, and other information compiled by the World Bank which emphasizes e-government projects in developing countries.

IDABC Pan-European EGovernment Services
"IDABC stands for Interoperable Delivery of European eGovernment Services to public administrations, businesses and citizens. It uses the opportunities offered by information and communication technologies to encourage and support the delivery of cross-border public sector services to citizens and enterprises in Europe..." -- from the site

Government Technology Magazine
"Provides information technology (IT) case studies, applications, news and best practices by and for international, state, city and county government" --from the site. Searchable tables of contents from 1995 to the present; some recent issues full text online with option to purchase reprints of older articles.

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American Political Science Association
"...The world's largest professional organization in the study of politics."

American Society for Public Administration
"Advances the art, science, teaching, and practice of public and non-profit administration."

Conference of Minority Public Administrators (COMPA)
Mission of this ASPA section is “to advance the science, processes, art, and image of public administration by providing leadership in the elimination of discriminatory practices against all minorities regardless of race, gender, religion, or sexual preferences in the public sector.”-from the site

International City/County Management Association 
"...The professional and educational organization for chief appointed managers, administrators, and assistants in cities, towns, counties, and regional entities throughout the world."

National Academy of Public Administration
"Chartered by Congress to respond to specific requests from public agencies and non-governmental organizations." (from description in Encyclopedia of Associations)

National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration
" institutional membership organization which exists to promote excellence in public service education."

Project Vote Smart
Excellent guide to many grassroots and non-governmental sources of information about politics.

Southern Public Administration Education Foundation, Inc. (SPAEF)
"The SPAEF's purpose is to develop and to disseminate information in the fields of public administration and management. This dissemination is accomplished primarily through the publication of several, blind-refereed, journals."

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