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date: 25 January 2020

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This article studies the origins of policy. The first section tries to clarify the differences in policy origins and defines the term ‘policy’. The next section deals with the four levels of abstraction, namely principles, policy lines, measures, and activities. This article determines that there is no simple answer to the question of the origins of policy. The best thing one can do is to indicate the proximate events that lead to the authorization or other form of adoption of policies.

Keywords: origins of policy, differences in policy origins, levels of abstraction, principles, policy lines, measures, activities, adoption of policies

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