from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. High-level development of policy, especially official government policy.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or involving the making of high-level policy: policymaking committees; policymaking decisions.

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  • n. the formulation of policies.


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  • Bernanke said Thursday there has been "plenty of disagreement" among the members of the Federal Reserve's main policymaking group, whose power to influence interest rates for all kinds of loans is important to Americans 'pocketbooks.

    Bernanke: Disagreements At Fed Don't Bother Me

  • He described a number of examples of science communication in policymaking, analyzing whether the transmitters (scientists) and/or the receivers (policymakers) did a good job.

    2009 December | Serendipity

  • But if they will be allowed to do so, this would just confirm the view that policymaking is what GW regulation will result in - not GW prevention.

    What Kind of Global Warming Skeptic?, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • The upshot of this sort of policymaking is to help create a self-justifying “space arms race” with the Chinese in which Chinese responses to our moves become the justification for further moves that lead to further Chinese responses and further moves.

    Matthew Yglesias » By Request: Space Flight

  • We need them in policymaking positions where they're part of the decision-making process.

    2009 May - Telic Thoughts

  • There's an urgency for more scientists to involve themselves in policymaking, he (Holdren) says.

    2009 May - Telic Thoughts

  • Executive departments andagencies should offer Americans increased opportunities to participate in policymaking and to provide their Government with the benefits of their collective expertise and information.

    Obama ‘unprecedented level of openness’

  • Thus dynamic explains not only the increased foreign policy powers of the presidency, but the general growth in policymaking authority on the part of both the executive branch as a whole and the federal courts.

    Matthew Yglesias » The Actually Existing Constitution

  • The past quarter is characterised by a series of new policy outputs by the coalition government and, in a UK context, evidence of distinctiveness in Welsh policymaking (e.g. the Epilepsy Care Plan, the phased abolition of NHS Wales car parking charges, Learning and Skills (Wales) Measure 2008 etc).

    Wales Devolution Monitoring Report

  • But it would prevent him from taking part in policymaking that relates to national-security issues, which would mean a much-reduced role in the Bush White House.

    Think Progress » Has Rove’s Security Clearance Been Revoked?


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