Wicked Environmental Problems: Managing Uncertainty and Conflict (2nd edition)


Wicked Environmental Problems: Managing Uncertainty and Conflict (2nd edition)
Peter J. Balint, Ronald E. Stewart, Anand Desai, Lawrence C. Walters - Wicked Environmental Problems: Managing Uncertainty and Conflict (2nd edition)
Published: 2011-07-08 | ISBN: 1597264741, 159726475X | PDF | 272 pages | 3.43 MB

"Wicked" problems are large-scale, long-term policy dilemmas in which multiple and compounding risks and uncertainties combine with sharply divergent public values to generate contentious political stalemates; wicked problems in the environmental arena typically emerge from entrenched conflicts over natural resource management and over the prioritization of economic and conservation goals more generally.  This new book examines past experience and future directions in the management of wicked environmental problems and describes new strategies for mitigating the conflicts inherent in these seemingly intractable situations. The book:
reviews the history of the concept of wicked problems
examines the principles and processes that managers have applied
explores the practical limitations of various approaches
Most important, the book reviews current thinking on the way forward, focusing on the implementation of "learning networks," in which public managers, technical experts, and public stakeholders collaborate in decision-making processes that are analytic, iterative, and deliberative.


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