Policy (Public Administration)

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  • The term refers to what public officials within government choose to do, or not do, about public problems. Public problems are generally what the public considers to be unacceptable conditions that demand some form of intervention. Such problems may concern workplace safety, the quality of education, the environment, the economy, or human rights. The term policy generally refers to a strategic course of action that an individual or group takes to consistently address specific issues. Policies can be thought of as a set of prescriptions through which societies self-regulate and attempt to influence human behavior in an appropriate direction. Policies can have many different purposes. They may be designed to regulate behavior, to inform or educate the public, to ration, or to determine the appropriate ...

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