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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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The policy-maker secondees from the MoH were integrated into some research and training activities in the university so they can bring in their policy-making perspectives in the academic activities in the university.
Combining this condition with a Bayesian learning equation implies a path which policy-maker reputation and the I-type strategy variable (the mixing probabilities) must follow, under a mixed strategy equilibrium; these paths are represented in difference equation form.
Another policy-maker, commenting on how the training programme had improved their understanding on the need to work with researchers, stated that:
Part of this has to do with the rise of a generation of policy-makers who didn't know from first-hand experience what it took to win the Cold War.
A recently published study to understand the perspectives and attitudes of policy-makers towards the use and impact of research in the health sector in low- and middle-income countries used data from 83 semi-structured, in-depth interviews conducted with purposively selected policy-makers at the national level in Argentina, Egypt, Iran, Malawi, Oman and Singapore.
At The Hastings Center, as at other bioethics centers and programs, we're having conversations and conducting experiments aimed at strengthening our ability to meet the educational needs of policy-makers, and of those who report and reflect on policy relevant to bioethics.
SINAPSE, a new electronic network designed to make scientific advice more easily accessible for policy-makers was launched by the European Commission in Brussels on March 9.
Moreover, the Zionist policy-makers exacerbated the political and diplomatic isolation of the U.S.
What has surprised some ECB policy-makers is that Duisenberg though retired continues to criticize Trichet behind the scenes.
They are the politicians, policy-makers, administrators, target group (welfare recipients), evaluators, and the general public (lobby groups, media, taxpayers).
Nevertheless, policy-makers failed to deepen debate on the economy throughout the Diet session.
It seems as if stock options have become the punching bag for public policy-makers. Six years ago, stock option accounting triggered one of the most divisive battles ever waged before the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB).

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