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Taking Complexity Seriously : Policy Analysis, Triangulation and Sustainable Development - Emery Roe

Taking Complexity Seriously

Policy Analysis, Triangulation and Sustainable Development

By: Emery Roe

Hardcover Published: 30th November 1997
ISBN: 9780792380580
Number Of Pages: 138

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Taking Complexity Seriously applies the advanced policy analysis technique of triangulation to what is now the world's most complex public policy challenge: sustainable development.
One central problem of public policy analysis has been to find new ways of analyzing issues of increasing complexity and uncertainty. Triangulation is perhaps the best example of these novel techniques, as it uses various methods, databases, theories, and approaches to converge on what to do about the complex issue in question.
Taking Complexity Seriously uses four different theoretical approaches (Girardian economics, cultural theory, critical theory, and the local justice framework) to triangulation in order to converge on answers to four major policy questions:

  • What is sustainable development?
  • Why is it an issue?
  • What needs to be done?
  • What can actually be done?

These four approaches are used to analyze the sustainable development controversy that recently arose in the pages of Science magazine and the journal Ecological Applications. These different approaches prove highly potent in defamiliarizing conventional wisdom about sustainable development. Ultimately the different approaches will converge on novel answers to the four questions. The practical implications of these conclusions are drawn out at the end of Taking Complexity Seriously in a detailed case study of ecosystem management.

Analyzing Policy Issues of High Uncertainty and Complexityp. 3
The Sustainable Development Controversy
Introductionp. 23
Sustainable Development and Girardian Economicsp. 29
Sustainable Development and Cultural Theoryp. 43
Sustainable Development and Critical Theoryp. 61
Sustainable Development and the Local Justice Frameworkp. 73
Triangulating on Sustainable Developmentp. 85
The Sharp Edge of the Sword: A Case of Sustainable Developmentp. 119
Indexp. 137
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ISBN: 9780792380580
ISBN-10: 0792380584
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 138
Published: 30th November 1997
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.89