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Darren Swanson, Stephan Barg, Stephen Tyler, Henry David Venema, Sanjay Tomar, Suruchi Bhadwal, Sreeja Nair, Dimple Roy & John Drexhage

In: Creating Adaptive Policies: A Guide for Policy-Making in an Uncertain World

Chapter 2: Seven Guidelines for Policy-Making in an Uncertain World

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Seven Guidelines for Policy-Making in an Uncertain World
Seven guidelines for policy-making in an uncertain world
DarrenSwanson, StephanBarg, StephenTyler, Henry DavidVenema, SanjayTomar, SuruchiBhadwal, SreejaNair, DimpleRoy and JohnDrexhage
The Emergence of Adaptive Policy Concepts

Some of the first discussion about adaptive policy-making actually emerged in the early 1900s. Dewey (1927, in Busenberg, 2001) put forth an argument proposing that ‘policies be treated as experiments, with the aim of promoting continual learning and adaptation in response to experience over time’. In 1978, Canadian ecologist C.S. Holling introduced natural resource managers to the notion of adaptive environmental assessment and management and paved the way for future thinking with regard to adaptive policies in socio-ecological settings.

In 1993 the term ‘adaptive policy’ appears in the published literature in Kai Lee's book that integrated ...

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