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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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Three such organizations, Sport North, the NWT Sport and Recreation Council, and the NWTRPA completed all five stages of the policy cycle.
This 'foreign policy cycle' perspective helps strengthen FPA's empirical basis, by introducing controlled variance (with respect to independent variables), thus avoiding too abstract hypothetical-deductive approaches to foreign policy.
According to the international and national literature, there are several approaches regarding the public policy cycle and its steps.
The relationship between provinces and the stage of invitation of NGOs in the policy cycle was statistically significant (Chi square = 16.916, p = 0.031) but weak (Cramer's V = 0.135).
Baracskay's article likewise found a similar trend with the expectation that subnational governments will become active participants in the policy cycle, even in authoritarian federal systems.
Analytic case summaries were developed for each of the policy analyses, and the findings were organized according to the two stages of policy cycle (see Table 1).
This includes the timing of the policy cycle (research findings at a time of new legislative discussions will have more impact than if a new Act has just been implemented) mediated by the relative power and influence of each actor.
So-called "think tanks" have sometimes played an important role in shaping the political dialogue and the policy preferences and choices of decision-makers, but often in different ways and at different stages of the policy cycle. Think of issues we now have to tackle: * On a basic shelter level, Wales does not have enough homes with research saying 14,000 new homes required every year for next 15 years.
These changes do not occur "within the timeframe of one policy cycle or the rule of one Cabinet, and take at least two or three generations to materialise.
TURNING POINT Expectations of a turning in the monetary policy cycle, with other developed markets starting to tighten, knocked Japanese government bonds lower.
- The Commission will target the whole policy cycle by giving more importance to the evaluation of existing legislation and policies.

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