Definition of Public Policy
(noun) Any course of action or procedure by a an individual or group with authority and power that determines decisions, priorities (particularly funding), and actions that affect members of a society such as a town or country.
Example of Public Policy
- The foreign policy of the United States.
Public Policy Pronunciation
Syllabification: pub·lic pol·i·cy
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /ˈpʌblɪk ˈpɑləsi/
- British English – /ˈpʌblɪk ˈpɒlɪsi/
- Plural: public policies
- A policy maker makes policies.
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ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “public policy.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 7, 2019 (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 December 7, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/public-policy/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“public policy.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 7 Dec. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/public-policy/>.