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Insights into Implementing Adaptive Policies
Insights into implementing adaptive policies
StephanBarg and StephenTyler

We suggest in this guide that public policy can be designed to be more adaptive, even to unanticipated conditions, to reduce the risks of policy failure as circumstances change. This is helpful because policies that fail to adapt to key changes in their operating environment will not only fail to achieve their desired objectives, but may actually make things worse. For example, one of the cases examined in this project was the Canadian grain transportation tariff known as the Crow Rate. It started off as a policy tool to support both rail and agricultural development in western Canada. But after decades without revision, it became a barrier to profitability of the railways and this ...

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