What is policy?

I am searching for my own answer to this question in my work, and also by going back to school for a short course on Social Policy and Welfare States in the 21st Century. In the meantime, here are four slightly different perspectives:

Policy making in the real world by Jill Rutter, Michael Hallsworth and Simon Parker

A short guide to policy for government digital professionals by Paul Maltby

Most of Government is mostly service design most of the time by Matt Edgar

WTF is Policy? by Laurence Grinyer

If you have any thoughts on this, or have seen a similarly thought-provoking article on this topic, please leave a comment and add to my list.

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