(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.
- The syllabus distributed to students at the beginning of a class.
- The student handbook of a school.
Audio Pronunciation: (pol·i·cy)
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- Plural: policies
- The terms policy and social policy are used interchangeably in a sociological context.
- A (noun) policy maker makes policies
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/>.