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Public Policy & Administration is the study of how government works and how government can work better. It is the most 'applied' of all the sub-disciplines of Political Science and is very useful for students planning a career in politics or public service. Students of Public Policy & Administration at Brock study various aspects of government operations, from how governments make policy decisions to how policies are implemented. Some of the most prominent topics studied in public administration include: the style and structure of policy-making, the organizational design of government, the values and ethics of public service, the dynamics of policy implementation, and the preservation of democratic accountability, amongst others. Public Policy & Administration encompasses all three levels of government (federal, provincial, and municipal) and it addresses the most important contemporary issues in economic, social and environmental policy.
Students who study Public Policy & Administration go on to a wide range of careers. Most commonly, Public Policy & Administration graduates gain employment in the public sector as an advisor, analyst, or administrator in government. Others gain employment in fields such as law, education, consulting, or business. Brock graduates in Public Policy & Administration can be found in various occupations and in all levels of government, many of them enjoying successful and rewarding careers.