Resources to explore policy and policy making:
Definition of policy: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/policy
Policy making cycle: http://www.ushistory.org/gov/11.asp
Zdenek J. Slouka, United Nations and the Deep Ocean: From Data to Norms, 1 Syracuse J. Int'l L. & Com. 62 (1972).
The Evolution of Natural Resources Law and Policy (Lawrence J. MacDonnell & Sarah F. Bates eds., Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, American Bar Association, 2010).