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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.


(Contract), noun agreement, arrangement, contractual obligation, contractual statement, insurance contract, legal document, mutual agreement, mutual underraking, obligation, pact, schedule, understanding
Associated concepts: insurance policy


(Plan of action), noun approach, consilium, course, course of action, course of conduct, doctrine, essablished order, fundamental principles, general guidelines, general principles, governing course of action, governing plan, governing principle, line, line of action, line of connuct, management, manner of proceeding, method, mode of management, party line, plan, plan of campaign, polity, prescribed form, principles, procedure, proposal, proposed action, proposition, rule of accion, scheme, stratagem, ways
Associated concepts: public policy
See also: course, direction, guide, platform, polity, practice, principle, procedure, process, program, rule, scheme, strategy, system

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.

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The foregoing variables, whether present or absent, can influence how and when NGOs participate in the policy cycle.
Many modern federal systems (including some authoritarian regimes) actively involve subnational governments to play a pivotal role in the policy cycle.
The answers and issues are complex, so complex that now is the perfect time to start planning to increase engagement for both this policy cycle and for future elections.
The third approach examines the functioning of the EEA from the perspective of the EEA policy cycle and its ultimate aim of creating a homogeneous and dynamic economic area.
The JRC is the in-house science service of the European Commission and its mission is to provide EU policies with independent, evidence-based scientific and technical support throughout the whole policy cycle.
We adapted and used Levin's (2001) and Blaikie and Soussan's (2000) model of policy cycle as our analytical framework for this policy study (see Table 1).
DAY 6--Day 2 of the workshop: A guided workshop on Influencing Public Policy (What is Policy, the Policy Cycle & Being Strategic) was delivered to the group.
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.
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.
Using the program as a case study for the role of information throughout the policy cycle, Hamilton (public policy, Duke U.

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