Incrementalism

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  • A form of belief that change is best enacted gradually. This is in stark contrast to the notion that only sudden shifts or progressions can correct a particular problem. In terms of research, incrementalism seeks to build slowly on previous accomplishments and discoveries; such change, thus, addresses the problems at hand instead of attempting to overturn previous precedents or methodologies. In many ways, incrementalism is psychologically intuitive; human beings are generally risk-averse creatures and may thus seek to minimize their losses, even if this involves failing to maximize their possible gains.

    Naturally, there has been much debate concerning the contributory effect of incrementalist policies. While proponents of incrementalism paint sudden progress as destabilizing and open to adverse consequences, critics argue that incrementalism is often too piecemeal ...

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