Policy-making is concerned with planning for the future and involves hypothesizing about future circumstances and deciding how to achieve certain goals. A public policy is a statement of intent; it sets out desired future conditions and presents the guiding principles for decision-making to achieve these conditions. Public policy-making is usually considered the role of government and is termed “public” policy-making because government agencies are responsible for implementing the policy decisions. A public policy statement or document is the formal expression of a course of action that government chooses to address a given problem. This means that public policies are essentially about whatever a government’s position is on an issue and what it chooses to do. It is important to note that a public policy ...

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