Creating Adaptive Policies

A Guide for Policymaking in an Uncertain World

by Darren Swanson,

Today’s policy-maker has a tough job to do. Policies that cannot perform effectively under today’s complex, dynamic and uncertain conditions run the risk of not achieving their intended purpose. Instead of helping, they may actually hinder the ability of individuals, communities and businesses to cope with and adapt to change.

Creating Adaptive Policies: A Guide for Policy-making in an Uncertain World is the very first book to distill the principles of complex adaptive systems and adaptive management into practical guidance for policy-makers. It describes the concept of adaptive policy-making 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 policy-makers by elaborating these seven tools. It will be an invaluable information resource for technical policy-makers, politicians and their advisors, as well as for those studying politics and international relations.
  • SAGE Publications; July 2009
  • ISBN: 9788132104186
  • Edition: 1
  • Read online, or download in secure PDF or secure EPUB format
  • Title: Creating Adaptive Policies
  • Author: Darren Swanson (ed.); Suruchi Bhadwal (ed.)
  • Imprint: Sage Publications Pvt. Ltd

In The Press

A critically important read for policy-makers confronted with a `perfect storm` of global economic, social and environmental crises.