List of basic public affairs topics

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

  • 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

  • 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


External links

  • DMOZ
About the industry
  • Public Affairs Links, an independent overview of the industry in the US and Europe
  • The Museum of Public Relations, a look at some of the industry's historical figures
  • Using market research for Public Relations, white paper from ICR
  • A History of Public Relations, from The Institute for Public Relations
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
  • The Canadian Public Relations Society, Inc., The CPRS works to advance the professional stature of public relations and regulates its practice for the benefit and protection of the public interest.
  • Chartered Institute of Public Relations, the UK’s leading public relations industry professional body and the largest public relations institute in Europe
  • Council of Public Relations Firms U.S. trade association for public relations firms
  • peak organisation with a mission to enhance the public relations profession and its practitioners throughout the world.
  • The Institute for Public Relations is focused on the science beneath the art of public relations
  • International Association of Business Communicators, an international association of 15,000 communicators, with many members from the PR profession
  • League of American Communications Professionals recognizes and promotes best practices within the communications industry. Resources include a free monthly newsletter; templates and how-to guides available to members; evaluation services; and competitions highlighting the best communications materials and campaigns within the industry.
  • Public Relations Institute of Australia, Institute for the public relations profession in Australia.
  • Public Relations Institute of New Zealand Institute for the public relations profession in New Zealand, advancing learning, promoting professional development and working towards a greater understanding of public relations in the wider community.
  • Public Relations Society of America, a professional association of public relations practitioners
  • Public Relations Society of India, a professional body of public relations practitioners in India
Watchdogs and critics
  • Provides background on PR agencies and practitioners. Focuses mostly on conservative and right-wing PR
  • PR Watch, critiques deceptive 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
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