use policymaking in a sentence.
If you want to stay in office, you do things which gain you political capital--you protect your citizens from threats real or fabricated, you promote the economy through sound policymaking or cronyism, and so on and so forth.
That reminds me of a quip I heard from one drug policy researcher (paraphrased because I can't find the original)"Evidence-based policymaking would be ideal, but I would be happy with just a lack of policy-based evidence making.
The other alternatives are for LES results to be kept secret and used only for policymaking, or for the results to be public and incorrect.
I think the video is worth a watch - he starts by discussing how anthropologists think of religion, and goes into how that gets in the way of sensible policymaking.
This selective prosecution is a de facto policymaking process.
The cash can be quite helpful in particular areas, but ultimately this form of policymaking undercuts democracy.
Your comments about whether Bush's tax cuts are now Obama's, and whether or not he hasn't "been powerless" in the face of the ridiculous obligations previous lawmakers have saddled him with (Medicare Part D) suggests a smidge of ignorance about the process of policymaking in our country.
The US enjoys this position largely b/c of its size but also b/c of the frequent policymaking folly that occurs in other nations.
Strangely, many of the same skeptics who question the predictive power of science in this area and ridiculed believers in climate change as apocalyptic Chicken Littles see no irony in pronouncing the inevitability of economic doom that will result from envirocentric policymaking.
Reality-based policymaking requires grappling with difficult choices and uncomfortable truths.