Clumsy solutions for a complex world: The case of climate change

Verweij, M., Douglas, M., Ellis, R.J., Engel, C., Hendriks, F., Lohmann, S., Ney, S., Rayner, S., et al. (2006). Clumsy solutions for a complex world: The case of climate change. Public Administration 84 (4) 817-843. 10.1111/j.1540-8159.2005.09566.x-i1.

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Successful solutions to pressing social ills tend to consist of innovative combinations of a limited set of alternative ways of perceiving and resolving the issues. These contending policy perspectives justify, represent and stem from four different ways of organizing social relations: hierarchy, individualism, egalitarianism and fatalism. Each of these perspectives: (1) distils certain elements of experience and wisdom that are missed by the others; (2) provides a clear expression of the way in which a significant portion of the populace feels we should live with one another and with nature; and (3) needs all of the others in order to be sustainable. 'Clumsy solutions' - policies that creatively combine all opposing perspectives on what the problems are and how they should be resolved - are therefore called for. We illustrate these claims for the issue of global warming.

Item Type: Article
Research Programs: Institute Scholars (INS)
Risk and Vulnerability (RAV)
Bibliographic Reference: Public Administration; 84(4):817-843 [2006]
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 02:19
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 17:38

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