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PAIS International

PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service) was established in 1914 for the purpose of chronicling the world's public affairs, public and social policies, international relations, and world politics.  Formed to prepare and disseminate information, PAIS defines the "realm of public policy" as all subjects that bear on contemporary issues and the making and evaluating of public policy, irrespective of source or traditional disciplinary boundaries.  This includes the policy-oriented literature of the academic social sciences such as economics, finance, law, education, the military, political science, public administration, international law and relations, the environment, demography, public health, science and technology, and reports and commentary on public affairs from the serious general press. The PAIS International database is concerned with current public policy issues and emphasizes factual and statistical information.  Publications dealing with matters of general public interest are listed; those of interest mainly to practitioners in the field are not.  Historical works that are directly applicable to current problems may be included on occasion, but publications dealing mainly with events prior to World War II are normally omitted. Efforts are made to represent the full range of positions on controversial subjects.  Updated monthly, PAIS International includes publications from over 120 countries throughout the world.  PAIS indexes publications of governments and nongovernmental organizations at the international, regional, national, state (provincial), and local levels.  PAIS tries to balance US and international sources.  PAIS does not index journals cover-to-cover but selects articles relevant to public policy.  Records include journal articles, books, government documents, statistical directories, grey literature, research reports, conference papers, web content, and more. Newspapers and newsletters are not indexed. Major areas of coverage include:

  • Administration of justice
  • Agriculture, forestry and fishing
  • Banking and finance
  • Business and service sector
  • Culture and religion
  • Economic conditions
  • Education
  • Energy resources and policy
  • Environment
  • Government
  • Health conditions
  • Human rights
  • International Relations
  • Labor conditions and policy
  • Law and ethics
  • Manufacturing and industry
  • Media and communications
  • Military and defense policy
  • Politics
  • Population and demographics
  • Science and technology
  • Social conditions
  • Trade
  • Transportation

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Public affairs information and policy