Public Policy Blog How can public transport be organized more efficiently? Should health services for the poor be free of charge? How can we eradicate corruption? Should marijuana be legalized? What is the appropriate retirement age for the pension system? Policy-makers around the world have to find answers to these types of questions. While their responses can differ fundamentally, they all fall in the realm of public policy. Public policy, as Thomas Dye (1972) put it prominently, is “anything a government chooses to do or not to do”. In this blog, students of the seminar “Understanding Public Policy”, taught by Prof. Dr. Philipp Thaler, apply public policy tools to explain policy outcomes on controversial issues.