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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.

Multi-Stakeholder Deliberation
Multi-stakeholder deliberation

What is multi-stakeholder deliberation? Multi-stakeholder deliberation is a collective and collaborative public effort to examine an issue from different points of view prior to taking a decision. Deliberative processes strengthen policy design by building recognition of common values, shared commitment and emerging issues, and by providing a comprehensive understanding of causal relationships.

Why is Deliberation Important for Adaptive Policy?

Adaptive natural resource policies need to accommodate the diversity and dynamics of local biophysical conditions, as well as the unexpected trajectories of preference and social response to change. This means that decision-makers should recognize the dimensions of diverse experience, knowledge and user needs. In a complex and rapidly evolving world, public deliberation provides access to diverse and innovative perspectives and helps ensure adaptive responses (Roberts, ...

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