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The Need for Adaptive Policies
The need for adaptive policies
Henry DavidVenema and JohnDrexhage
The Challenge Facing Policy-Makers

Today's policy-maker has a tough job. Crafting public policies to help guide the daily actions of individuals, communities and businesses to ensure our economic, social and environmental well-being, is challenging under the best of circumstances. But the reality is that our world is more complex than ever—highly interconnected, owing to advances in communication and transportation; and highly dynamic, owing to the scale of impact of our collective actions. We know, for example, that the climate is changing, but not precisely how. We know that energy prices are highly unpredictable, and that international trade rules are in a state of flux. Advancing human well-being through policy, therefore, is inherently complex and ...

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