pol·​i·​cy·​mak·​ing ˈpä-lə-sē-ˌmā-kiŋ How to pronounce policymaking (audio)
variants or policy-making
: the act or practice of establishing policy
… Bloomberg described a world where cities, rather than nations, are the major players in both global competition and innovative policymakingRob Fischer
… leaked word … that all Iraq policymaking was being centralized at the White House …Michael Duffy et al.
sometimes used before another noun
the policymaking process
The Fed's policymaking committee sets rates that serve as the benchmark for the interest rates charged on mortgages, car loans, credit cards, and certificates of deposit.Kevin G. Hall
The controller manages a state office of more than 1,400 workers and ensures tax dollars are efficiently and effectively spent. With a few exceptions, it is not a policymaking position.The East Bay Times (California)

Examples of policymaking in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Often, our Legislature and Governor's Office impose rules and regulations that lower the quality of life for our residents or favor special interests in policymaking, which can be detrimental to solutions that are better handled at a local level. Sasha Hupka, The Arizona Republic, 9 July 2024 But far from being small fish, the opinions may rejigger the balance of power among the branches of government and weaken the role of science in policymaking. Meghan Bartels, Scientific American, 25 June 2024 In fact, monetary policymaking that is data-driven and technocratic – rather than politically motivated – has since the early 1990s been seen as the gold standard of governance of national finances. Ana Carolina Garriga, The Conversation, 14 June 2024 In striking down the 2018 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) regulation banning bump stocks, which effectively turn semiautomatic rifles into machine guns, the court’s six conservative justices not only put their ideological preconceptions ahead of rational policymaking. E.j. Dionne Jr., Washington Post, 14 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for policymaking 

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Word History

First Known Use

1887, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of policymaking was in 1887

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“Policymaking.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/policymaking. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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