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Public Policy

Policy formulation is one of the essential functions of government. In the present setup, it is the responsibility of the government to ‘take care’ of the people. A government is to perform numerous functions and a policy is prior to every action. In simple words, a policy may be defined as a set of rules which can be utilised to achieve certain desired objectives. In the words of Richard Rose, ‘A policy is not a decision but a course or pattern of actions.’ It is the policy which provides a framework within which all actions for the accomplishment of an objective are to be activated. Robert Eye Stone defines public policy as ‘relationship of a government unit to its environment.’ According to Thomas R. Dye, ‘Public policy is ...

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