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.
1. Essence of public affairs
Publics – groups of individuals
Public – in public relations and communication science, the contexts of "public" are
The public a.k.a."the general public" – the totality of such groups.
Affairs – professional, personal, or public business matters.
2. Branches of public affairs
Public administration – implementation of government policy and an academic discipline that studies this implementation and that prepares civil servants for this work.
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."
3. General public affairs concepts
State polity, Sovereign state, government
Crime, Criminal justice
Civil defense, Emergency preparedness, Community emergency response teams
Public health, Pollution, Emissions trading
Industrial policy, Investment policy, Tax, tariff and trade
Public policy degrees