The web-based Policy Documentation Center (PDC) was successfully launched in spring 2004. This database is an online repository of public policy documents from Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union is the largest of its kind, with over 4,000 papers and articles from over 150 institutes and 50 countries. With topics ranging from politics to the economy to social policy, the aim of the PDC is to promote debate and dialogue, reflect and encourage the growing policy expertise of local think tanks and policy institutes, and thus support the development of local capacities. In addition to studies from think tanks, the PDC also features reports arising out of international collaborations, consultation papers from governments, as well as policy interventions from the civil sector.
The PDC covers a range of public policy topics grouped in six main fields:
- Culture and Civil Society
- Economy and Development
- Health and Education
- Law and Justice
- Politics and Governance
- Transnational Development
All documents can be easily searched and, in most cases, viewed in PDF format. Every document is catalogued by document type, topic, country, author, keyword and institution of origin. There is a subscription service enabling subscribers to receive updates on the topics or countries of most interest to them. Copyright authority remains with the author or the originating institution, but users of the PDC are entitled to reproduce articles for regular educational purposes.
Editor of the Policy Documentation Center: Andrew Cartwright