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Today?s policy-maker has a tough job to do. Policies that cannot perform effectively under today?s complex, dynamic and uncertain conditions run the risk of not achieving their intended purpose. Instead of helping, they may actually hinder the ability of individuals, communities and businesses to cope with and adapt to change.
Creating Adaptive Policies: A Guide for Policy-making in an Uncertain World is the very first book to distill the principles of complex adaptive systems and adaptive management into practical guidance for policy-makers. It describes the concept of adaptive policy-making and presents seven tools for developing such policies. Based on hundreds of interviews with people impacted by policy and research of over a dozen policy case studies, this book serves as a pragmatic guide for policy-makers by elaborating these seven tools. It will be an invaluable information resource for technical policy-makers, politicians and their advisors, as well as for those studying politics and international relations.
Table of Contents
Foreword by DAVID RUNNALLS and RAJENDRA K PACHAURI
The Need for Adaptive Policies HENRY DAVID VENEMA and JOHN DREXHAGE
Seven Guidelines for Policy-making in an Uncertain World DARREN SWANSON, STEPHAN BARG, STEPHEN TYLER, HENRY DAVID VENEMA, SANJAY TOMAR, SURUCHI BHADWAL, SREEJA NAIR, DIMPLE ROY and JOHN DREXHAGE
Integrated and Forward-looking Analysis DARREN SWANSON and SANJAY TOMAR
Multi-stakeholder Deliberation STEPHEN TYLER
Automatic Policy Adjustment SURUCHI BHADWAL, STEPHAN BARG and DARREN SWANSON
Enabling Self-organization and Social Networking DIMPLE ROY, SREEJA NAIR and HENRY DAVID VENEMA
Decentralization of Decision-making STEPHAN BARG and STEPHEN TYLER
Promoting Variation SREEJA NAIR and DIMPLE ROY
Formal Policy Review and Continuous Learning SANJAY TOMAR and DARREN SWANSON
Insights into Implementing Adaptive Policies STEPHAN BARG and STEPHEN TYLER
Appendix: Policy Case Study