Policy Analysis, California

One strategy for analyzing government public policy is to trace the legislative history of a public law or program. Reading the primary documents created during the legislative process will help you determine the problem or issue the Legislature was addressing and the intent of the Legislature when it passed the bill or created the program. The process of studying legislative materials is sometimes referred to as tracing or compiling a legislative history.

Featured resource

Rough & Tumble
[ http://library.sdsu.edu/guides/resourcelink.php?id=4757 ]

"It’s a snapshot of the public policy and politics of California based on the reporting from more than two dozen publications that cover one of the most diverse, politically active, trend-setting places on the planet.

Assembled here are links to the stories about how Californians deal with their economy, jobs, education, environment, immigration, taxes and their often polarized politicians who struggle with public policy in a state that is so politically diverse it has often been criticized as 'ungovernable.'"

Research assistance

Carolyn Baber
Law & Government Information Librarian
Office: Library Addition 1101A
Phone: (619) 594-6990
cbaber AT mail DOT sdsu DOT edu
Reference Desk
General Research Assistance
Location: 1st Floor Library Addition
Phone: (619) 594-6728
eref AT rohan DOT sdsu DOT edu