Public policy

  • public policy is the process by which governments translate their political vision into programmes and actions to deliver ‘outcomes — desired changes in the real world’. the ‘real world’ is constantly changing and this has resulted in the movement towards greater use of evidence in policy design, making and implementation. rational choice theory, or now more frequently known as evidence-based policy, argues that focusing on scientific evidence, instead of history and culture, should guide our public policy making.

  • overview
  • public policy making and the implementation of public policy
  • data-driven policy
  • rational choice theory/ evidence-based policy
  • academic discipline
  • see also
  • references
  • further reading

Public policy is the process by which governments translate their political vision into programmes and actions to deliver ‘outcomes — desired changes in the real world’. The ‘real world’ is constantly changing and this has resulted in the movement towards greater use of evidence in policy design, making and implementation. Rational choice theory, or now more frequently known as evidence-based policy, argues that focusing on scientific evidence, instead of history and culture, should guide our public policy making.