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I've seen a lot of things crop up talking about "policy measures" recently. I've even caught myself about to use (or misuse) it . But does it mean anything unique, or is it just a redundant way of saying "policies"?

  • I suppose a policy measure is some document or action that implements or defines a policy. But I also suppose that many people use "policy measure" when they ought to be using "policy." – phoog Jul 8 '15 at 19:32
  • could you clarify that first point a bit? – Some_Guy Jul 8 '15 at 19:33
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    The UK government currently has an economic policy of eliminating its budget deficit by 2020. One policy measure they are implementing in pursuit of this goal is the limitation of welfare benefits payable to any one household to £23,000 pa in London, and £20,000 per annum throughout the rest of the country. – WS2 Jul 8 '15 at 19:40
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"Policy" is the principles you apply to a situation. A "policy measure" is something you do to implement that policy.

For example:

It is the policy of StackExchange to make it easy to ask questions.

A policy measure is to make the reputation threshold for asking questions zero.

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