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Public Policy Making

Updated on July 23, 2016

Why Policy Matters

Public policy is the way through which politicians make a distinction. It is the tool of governance, the result of the race between the interests, ideas, and ideologies that push our political structure (Bridgeman & Davis, 2004). Numerous definitions of ‘public’ policy have been proposed. However, its meaning and limits are vague. Through his in-depth exploration of public policy, Colebatch declares that policy is simply what governments opt to do or not to do. The term ‘public policy’ has also been employed in some instances to illustrate very explicit options (Bridgeman & Davis, 2004). In some cases, policy gets understandable only in retrospect; we exercise some hindsight and recognize the outlines and connections in a group of options then refer to these as ‘policy.’

A myriad of definitions is unavoidable; this is because a policy is a convenient depiction for everything ranging from a scrutiny of past resolutions to the obligation of the present political mentality. A specific method of act chosen by an institution, government or a group from among given choices and in the glow of the specified conditions to direct and, establish the present. A precise decision designed or a set of the verdict and future decisions are made to carry out a course of an act.


Such a precise decision or set of choices together with the associated are considered. A projected automated program containing acts designed to execute all of them. A business of preferred roles and the ways requires the right policies set so as to exclusively accomplish them. (1) A dictionary defines the word Policy used in the sector of the Government as Known fundamental principles by which an administration is controlled; (2) they are the declared goals set aside which an administration consults to accomplish and safeguard in the curiosity of the national society.

There are three diverse, but marriageable ways of describing policy these are; a hypothesis, intent of government action and a conveyance of speculations regarding cause and effect. As an authoritative option, public policy sprouts from the world of politics, this can be a relatively chaotic world. Being a hypothesis, policies are grounded on the conjectures of the world. Bridgeman and Davis, (2004) assert that policies make postulations about deeds; they have incentives that promote one deed over the other. As an objective, public policy is all about achieving goals; it is an avenue for results.

Policy making


Reflection and reaction

This chapter tries to elaborate the various forms of public policy. The chapter elucidates the different ways in which public policy is regarded by different quarters of the society, from the government to the general public (Bridgeman & Davis, 2004).

What did you learn about policy making around technology?

Being able to comprehend the effects of public policy on technology definitely, enables me to understand the dynamics of policy making from different groups like government and the public on technology. I have learned that policy making on matters concerning technology should be left to the professionals in the sector themselves. I am now able to separate politics from policy making in technology. I have learned that when politicians make any decisions concerning technology, the facts that should steer the decision are rarely taken into consideration. Instead, politicians take the approach of ‘testing the waters.’ This often entails making a decision and gauging the public reaction to it.

Why might this be important for you to know about personally and professionally?

Personally, knowing the dynamics of policy making around technology gives me sufficient insight on the process. This is important in that when am called upon to offer my views as a member of the society, they will be informed views and will be relevant as such.

Policy making establishes or make contact with those who influence this act. Good personal relations, even with the opponents, are the solution to flourishing advocacy of all types, and altering policy. Policy making in pulse of the community: This is an exception of the interest to comprehend what all competent citizens will resist, sustain, and finally, how they can be convinced. Professionally, knowing the intricacies of policy making on technology enables me to have a clear picture of this volatile sector. Knowing when to detach politics from critical decision-making concerning technology is very important. I believe that being a professional, gaining this knowledge will guide my reactions towards future policy shifts.


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