Thomas R. Dye: Public Policy And Action

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Thomas R. Dye (1987) stated that, “Public policy is whatever governments choose to do or not to do”. Dye focuses not only on government action, but also on government inaction. In this definition, “Action” means that government takes measures or uses symbols openly in order to solve some public problem. “Inaction” means that government does not take measures or express active symbols, abiding by the principle of noninterference. Both are important solutions to public problems.

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