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PPOL: Public Policy

General Guide on Researching Public Policy. Intended for individuals enrolled in the Master of Public Policy program at the University of Calgary's School of Public Policy.

Policy-Making

The making of public policy is usually about problem-solving and finding a solution to the problem.

Public Policy:

  • is made in response to some sort of problem, whether real or perceived.is made on behalf of the public
  • is made to find a solution to a problem
  • is made by governments even if the ideas come from outside of government or as a result of an interaction between the governmental or intergovernmental body and a non-governmental body
  • is what the government chooses to do or not to do

Public policy is often a statement made by government, however, it can also be indicative of what the government decides not to do, so may be an implicit policy.

These "statements" are found in a variety of documents put out by the government.