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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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Once approved and accepted by the Parliament the Governance Program became a compulsory official document, which offers the general framework for further specific public policies proposals.
A: I'd like to see new and expanded public policies that compensate private forestland owners for the wide variety of "services" forests provide both to human communities and natural communities.
also has a wide range of public policies that undermine global corporate social responsibility.
Caulkins has developed and applied sophisticated methods for understanding how illegal drug markets respond to public policies designed to stop them.
In contrast, the OECD report expresses the need for government to adopt public policies that will encourage the development of learning economies that contribute to social cohesion in the face of global forces that are leading to a deterioration in the living standards of the underskilled.
Public opinion polling and voting patterns have continued to register this collective angst, that something is wrong with the byproducts of public policies and the delivery of municipal services that we expect from our investment in local government.
Since the Republicans now control Congress, Williams says, "We're going to have a slew of new public policies coming down the pike.

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