When you want to know what’s happening in the world of Public Policy around the country and around the world, check out these ten blogs by movers, shakers, and policy makers.
- WIPP – Women Impacting Public Policy is a bi-partisan public policy organization and blog that represents over 500,000 women in business and business owners. Blog posts are centered on the specific interests of women in business and cover everything from the Budget, to Clean Energy, to Healthcare.
- Google has its own Public Policy blogs for every place in which there is a Google Office. GooglePolicyEurope is particularly interesting since it covers European public policy from the perspective of the media giant. It’s a great site to learn about Public Policy regarding online and information technology.
- PublicKnowledge is the blog of the D.C. based public interest group “Public Knowledge” which focuses on defending citizens rights in digital culture. To learn how public policy affects everything from your phone to Facebook, this is the place to go.
- FreightPublicPolicy is a nicely designed blog about Public Policy and Sustainability in regards to freight transportation and logistics. Hey, I said “movers” would be on this list, and these guys are all about big trucks, trains and planes.
- Shopfloor.org may not look like a public policy blog, but it is. It just has very cool videos of Cool Stuff Being Made in addition to policy commentary by the National Association of Manufacturers.
- WaSupremeCourtBlog chronicles the Supreme Court of Washington’s activities, providing news, information and analysis of the cases before the court.
- CATOatLiberty is the blog of the CATO institute, one of the major political think-tanks in Washington D.C. The blog is mainly focused on providing interesting and insightful perspectives on the public policy issues of the day, without a concentration on a single theme. The analysis is good, the subjects are fun, if there is such a thing as light Public Policy reading, this is it.
- The Volokh Conspiracy is a blog authored mainly by law professors on Public Policy issues, often from a conservative perspective. The analysis is insightful and carefully argued, making this a highly educational blog for those studying Public Policy.
- The Reality-Based Community blog, where “everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts,” looks at the major public policy issues in the news, like green energy, drug policy, climate change, arts and cultural policy with an analytical eye. It’s one man’s opinion, true, but he carefully backs his statements with facts and precedents.
- Economix by the New York Times is a blog partially devoted to public policy, but also has stories about many other economic issues. The journalism is sound, facts are supported, and the issues covered are interesting, like “Will This Jobs Bill Do Any Good?” and “Does Policy Trail Public Opinion on Gay Rights?”
Public Policy professionals need to know what other cities, counties, states and nations are doing to solve their problems. In an increasingly globally aware world, sharing ideas and solutions have never been more important. Subscribing to these blogs will help keep you updated and informed so you can better serve your community.