policy (social policy)

(noun) Any course of action or procedure by a person or group with authority and power that determines decisions, priorities, and actions that affect others.

Example:

  1. The syllabus distributed to students at the beginning of a class.
  2. The student handbook of a school.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: policies
  • The terms policy and social policy are used interchangeably in a sociological context.
  • A (noun) policy maker makes policies

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How to Cite the Definition of Policy

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “policy.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved May 19, 2019 (http://sociologydictionary.org/policy/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

policy. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/policy/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “policy.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed May 19, 2019. http://sociologydictionary.org/policy/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“policy.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 19 May. 2019. <http://sociologydictionary.org/policy/>.