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What is Policy?

Discussion Paper by Sherri Torjman

Public policy influences our lives in many ways, for example, air and water quality, transportation, and systems of taxation. Sherri Torjman discusses the overall concept of policy and the key elements that constitute the policy development process. This discussion paper supports the work of two community initiatives, Vibrant Communities and Action for Neighbourhood Change; both work with local residents to improve their neighbourhoods. Both projects include a policy dialogue.

Torjman considers the various ways to look at policy. She also explores the steps involved in the policy process. The author looks specifically at the role policy can play in reducing poverty. Torjman also examines how policy is implemented and how its efficacy is measured. Essentially, she suggests, public policy is a decision, made by a publicly elected or designated body, which is deemed to be in the public interest. That decision is based on consideration of a range of options and the potential impact of each, including who benefits, who might be impacted negatively, associated costs and financing, and the time required for implementation.

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Policy Publication Details

Author(s): Sherri Torjman;
Publisher: Caledon Institute of Social Policy [ Visit Website ]
Year Published: 2005; Publisher Type: Research Institute
Publicly Available: Yes Research Focus: National;
Registration Required: No Language: English
Payment Required: No Publication Format: Adobe PDF

Subjects / Categories:

Policy Articles / Public Administration / Policy Process
Policy Articles / Public Administration / Policy Process / 2005
Policy Articles / Public Administration


Keywords / Tags:

Action for Neighbourhood Change; Vibrant Communities; policy process; poverty; public interest;