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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.

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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