What is public policy ?

    • Kowshik Thota
    • Student, Kautilya

Till 18th Century, France was a 3 step hierarchy; The Clergy (0.4%), The Nobility consisting of bureaucrats (1.2%) & The Third Estate (98%). When France was facing a huge financial crisis, the only policy solution they implemented was to tax the third estate resulting in angry masses who were willing to take down the men in power.

‘The Tennis Court Oath’ was taken by the National Assembly in a local tennis court that they would continue to assemble each day until a constitution was formulated. And so they did! This incident, according to me, is a perfect example of what public policy means.