I am writing a research essay which contains something like "a policy that focuses on the key component of the problem." I am struggling to come up with a short name for this policy because I need to write it in a section title. I need something like "key-component-focusing policy," but this is still a little long. Could anyone please help me with this? Thanks.

  • Does it need to include the word "policy"?
    – Ed_
    Jun 30, 2015 at 20:42

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"root cause" is often the term used


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    I think the OP would like root cause analysis better than root cause. Jun 30, 2015 at 21:13

If something focuses on the key component of an issue then it is said to focus on the 'crux of the issue'.

Crux: the basic, central, or critical point or feature: 'the crux of the matter'; 'the crux of an argument'.

A synonym of crux is nub.

Nub: the essence; the core: 'the nub of a story'.

Both definitions sourced from thefreedictionary.com


You might call it the keystone policy.

a central cohesive source of support and stability

... which would indicate without this core, central, primary, main, critical, etc. policy, then the other policies would have little effect and everything would fall to pieces.

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