This is the very first book to distill the principles of complex adaptive systems and adaptive management into practical guidance for policymakers. It describes the concept of adaptive policymaking 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 policymakers by elaborating on these seven tools. It is an invaluable information resource for technical policymakers and politicians, as well as for those studying politics and international relations.

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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