I can't speak with tremendous authority on this, but my first understanding of this comes from here:
In this sense, it means creating and maintaining government (or international organization) policy (i.e. sets of authorized directives for bureaucracies) vis-a-vis the professional practice (business and education, usually) of design.
The motivation for this is the need to support the economy and business practices that can stimulate the economy. Some governments have found it helpful to have policy on design as a way to support the economy. It certainly could be more than this, but the SEE Project has its eye on this stuff (in Europe anyway).
Also, if you need to follow up on this, my tutor has been Christian Bason, director at Mindlab in Denmark, and I'm happy to say a fellow with The Policy Lab. He writes with authority on the intersection of design and public policy generally, and knows a good deal about this sort fo thing.
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On Sep 19, 2011, at 2:47 PM, Gunnar Swanson wrote:
> I'm never quite sure what people have in mind when they use the phrase "design policy." Can anyone point me to a relatively terse description?
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