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The general principles by which a government is guided in its management of public affairs, or the legislature in its measures. A general term used to describe all contracts of insurance.

As applied to a law, ordinance, or Rule of Law, the general purpose or tendency considered as directed to the welfare or prosperity of the state or community.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

POLICY, PUBLIC. By public policy is meant that which the law encourages for the promotion of the public good.
     2. That which is against public policy is generally unlawful. For example, to restrain an individual from marrying, or from engaging in business, when the restraint is general, in the first case, to all persons, and, in the second, to all trades, business, or occupations. But if the restraint be only partial, as that Titius shall not marry Moevia, or that Caius shall not engage in a particular trade in a particular town or, place, the restraint is not against public policy,, and therefore valid. 1 Story, Eq. Jur. Sec. 274. See Newl. Contr. 472.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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By 2020, average household energy bills will have risen by 6 per cent in real terms but will be 11 per cent, or Au166 lower than they would been without government policies, the report said.
The groups charged that the current government policies put livestock and the public at risk.
People from black and ethnic minority communities had a chance to discuss Government policies affecting their lives in the North East today.
The GI bill is a good example of how government policies, even when not explicitly pro-natal, can make the economics of parenthood less punishing and thereby enable more people to afford to raise the children they want.
Anderson is an economic development expert with extensive experience with government policies and programs to help private business: Just Get Out Of The Way considers how economic programs often hinder rather than help third world nations--and provides important recommendations and revisions to policies to help the government adjust its focus.
In some cases, the friction between the ANC and its allies has developed into outright revolt against government policies and actions.
We suggest it was a better world for everybody (except feminists) when churches administered domestic relations, when women weren't encouraged by discriminatory government policies to evict husbands regardless of fault or to breed children without husbands.
The GOP's reputation as a party of limited government and fiscal restraint owes a great deal to the fact that "the Democratic Party adopted even bigger government policies, particularly with the election of Franklin Roosevelt and the subsequent New Deal."
Korhonen has said that the municipalities' economy will crash during this election period if the government policies are maintained.
Other religious organizations require to be officially registered, but the government denies such registration to groups that were not registered in 1982-a time when government policies were still avowedly aetheistic.
In both cases, the indigenous populations were the subjects of intense debates, yet to the casual outside observer they seemed to remain on the sidelines of the political disputes that pitted Brazilian government policies against their Critics.
``No country can insulate itself from world economic events, but the UK remains much better placed than it has been in the past to withstand that, because of Government policies. ``One thing that is valued by business is stability - and that is what Government policies have brought about.

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