Definition of Public Policy
(noun) Any course of action or procedure by an individual or group with authority and power that sets priorities (particularly funding), deadlines, and goals that affect members of a group or society.
Example of Public Policy
- The foreign policy of the United States.
Public Policy Pronunciation
Syllabification: pub·lic pol·i·cy
- American English – /pUHb-lik pAHl-uh-see/
- British English – /pUHb-lik pOl-i-see/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /ˈpʌblɪk ˈpɑləsi/
- British English – /ˈpʌblɪk ˈpɒlɪsi/
- Plural: public policies
- A policy maker makes policies.
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Cite the Definition of Public Policy
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “public policy.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved June 5, 2023 (https://sociologydictionary.org/public-policy/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
public policy. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/public-policy/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “public policy.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed June 5, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/public-policy/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“public policy.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 5 Jun. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/public-policy/>.