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.

Automatic Policy Adjustment

Automatic policy adjustment
SuruchiBhadwal, StephanBarg and DarrenSwanson

What is automatic policy adjustment? Some of the inherent variability in socio-economic and ecologic conditions under which a policy must operate can be anticipated, and monitoring can help trigger important policy adjustments to keep the policy functioning well.

Why is Automatic Adjustment Important for Creating Adaptive Policies?

Changes in economic, social and environmental conditions are normal. In Chapters 3 and 4 we emphasized that understanding a policy from multiple perspectives, both analytically and through deliberative processes with stakeholders and experts, can help policy-makers anticipate future conditions under which the policy will need to operate. Armed with this understanding policy-makers can perform two functions. The first function was introduced in Chapter 3 and involves identifying a specific policy or a ...

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