Clumsy Solutions For A Complex World: Governance, Politics And Plural Perceptions

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EditorMarco Verweij, Michael Thompson

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Clumsy Solutions for a Complex World is a powerful and original statement on why well-intended attempts to alleviate pressing social ills too often derail, and how effective, efficient and broadly acceptable solutions to social problems can be found.

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Clumsy Solutions for a Complex World is a powerful and original statement on why well-intended attempts to alleviate pressing social ills too often derail, and how effective, efficient and broadly acceptable solutions to social problems can be found.

MARCO VERWEIJ is Professor of Political Science at Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany. He is the author of Clumsy Solutions for a Wicked World: How to Improve Global Governance (2011). Empirically, his aim is to understand how pressing public issues can be resolved through the combined forces of (inter-)governmental action, entrepre...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.64 × 5.56 × 0.62 inPublished:October 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
New Preface to the Paperback Edition
Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors
The Case for Clumsiness; M.Verweij, M.Douglas, R.J.Ellis, C.Engel, F.Hendriks, S.Lohmann, S.Ney, S.Rayner & M.Thompson
PART I: ELEGANT FAILURES
Is the Kyoto Protocol Merely Irrelevant, or Positively Harmful, for the Efforts to Curb Climate Change?; M.Verweij
Hype and Hydro (and, at Last, Some Hope) in the Himalaya; D.Gyawali
Segregation through Anti-Discrimination: How the Netherlands Got Divided Again; M.Bovens  M. Trappenburg
What Russia can Learn from China in its Transition to a Market Economy; M.D.Intriligator & J.R.Wedel & C.H.Lee
The Failure of Seat Belts Legislation; J.Adams
PART II: CLUMSY SOLUTIONS
Gunfight at the Consequentialist Corral: The Deadlock in the United States over Firearms Control and How to Break It; D.M.Kahan, D.Braman & J.Gastil
Floods and Fairness in Hungary; J.Linnerooth-Bayer, A.Vári & M.Thompson
Inclusive by Design: The Curious Case of the Internet; T.Tranvik & M.Thompson
You Never Miss the Water till the Well Runs Dry: Crisis and Creativity in California; D.Lach, H.Ingram & S.Rayner
Clumsy Conclusions: How to do Policy and Research in a Complex World; M.Verweij, M.Thompson & C.Engel
Index

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"A fascinating manifesto." - The Globe and Mail "In an ideal world, everyone that has even a remote relation to policy and decision making would keep a well-worn copy of this book always at hand." - British Journal of Sociology "Both those who try to understand policy failures and those who intend to advise policy makers should take its argument about clumsiness seriously…According to Verweij, Thompson and Engel, clumsiness is the new norm to craft policies suited to our complex world through the acknowledgement of plural logics. The message is convincingly conveyed here." - Political Geography"Casual observers might think 'clumsiness' comes naturally to government and public policy-making. If so, they might be surprised by how often it is carefully suppressed - often with disastrous consequences, as this book shows. We need to develop the methodology for the important angle of vision this book represents." - Christopher Hood, Gladstone Professor of Government, University of Oxford, UK"This study is a clever and important assault on the precepts 'drummed into the heads of those who aspire to be policy analysts' - that there is a single mindset in which a problem must be defined, facts and values distinguished and simple evaluative metrics deployed to achieve optimisation. The authors demonstrate the tragedies perpetrated by this dangerous approach. They show that plural voices - as identified by cultural theory - are necessary for clumsy, but safe, constructively engaged and politically feasible policy-making." - Tony Allan, Kings College and SOAS, University of London, UK