Publications support our public policy research, technical assistance and communications activities related to promoting excellence in government. These include downloads of research reports, whitepapers, an annual report and select publications for purchase.

Public Resources

Public ResourcesFree Online Resources for Government Officials & Staff

Find answers to common questions and learn new skills through a variety of free online resources developed by Institute of Government experts.


Compliance Auditing in Georgia Counties and MunicipalitiesCompliance Auditing in Georgia Counties and Municipalities

Updated annually, Compliance Auditing is designed to help guide those responsible for conducting local government audits.


Publications Available for Purchase

Handbook for Georgia LegislatorsAVAILABLE NOW: Handbook for Georgia Legislators: Fifteenth Edition

The handbook provides a comprehensive review of the legislative process and current issues and challenges for Georgia General Assembly members. The handbook incorporates changes in the law and legislative procedure that have occurred since the previous edition (published in 2014). 



Economic Development Handbook for Georgia's Rural CommunitiesEconomic Development Handbook for Georgia's Rural Communities

Purchase the Digital Publication.

The Economic Development Handbook for Georgia’s Rural Communities is both a desk reference and a training resource. Its chapters include checklists and task lists to help you organize information and conduct basic economic development activities. In addition to providing vital information for economic developers on essential basic topics, this handbook focuses on economic development in the state of Georgia, including laws, partners, programs and resources. (published in 2017)


Annual Report

Annual ReportView current and past Annual Reports.

State and local officials can become better acquainted with the wide range of services we offer through the annual reports that are prepared for each calendar year.



NewsletterView our current and past editions of our electronic newsletter.

The Institute of Government has an electronic newsletter. It is intended to provide you with a view of our current public service and outreach activities, along with special initiatives and partnerships.


Other Publications

Suggested Pattern Jury Instructions

As of August 30, 2016, all current subscriptions to Georgia's Suggested Pattern Jury Instructions have transitioned to the Council of Superior Court Judges of Georgia website at https://georgiasuperiorcourts.org/pattern-jury-instructions. Please add noreply@georgiasuperiorcourts.org to your contacts in order to ensure you receive emails from the Council regarding your subscription.

Questions regarding your new account access should be directed to Council of Superior Court Judges, (404) 463-1091 or spji@georgiasuperiorcourts.org.


Georgia County Guide at GeorgiaData.org

Leaders throughout Georgia can access state- and county-level information related to demographics, economics and more with The Georgia County Guide, which is available on GeorgiaData.org.


Georgia Studies Book

The Georgia Studies Book is out of print and will not be reprinted by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government. No copies are available. The text will not be updated and we no longer have faculty who can assist with questions related to the Georgia Studies Book. Some of the textbook content is being repackaged by Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB), who now holds copyright. Any questions should be addressed to GPB.


State and Local Government Review

State and Local Government Review is now published by Sage Publications, Inc.


Stockbridge De-Annexation Fiscal Analysis