A Modern Guide to Public Policy
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A Modern Guide to Public Policy

Edited by Giliberto Capano and Michael Howlett

A Modern Guide to Public Policy explores the many approaches and methodologies in the study of policy making that have appeared over recent decades, ranging from the examination of micro level of human behaviour to the impact of global political systems on policies and policy-making. This expertly curated and accessible Elgar Modern Guide is a valuable resource for both graduate and undergraduate students and for practitioners seeking an introduction to public policy and public management and a concise guide to research in the discipline.
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Chapter 5: Addressing uncertainty and ambiguity in policymaking: advancements and dilemmas

Sreeja Nair


Characterizing and addressing uncertainty and ambiguity in policymaking warrants attention due to the impediments it can pose to effective problem solving and decision making, if it is ignored, understood incompletely, or worse, incorrectly. While a large body of literature exists on uncertainty and more recently ambiguity, the objective of this chapter is to highlight how these concepts have typically been characterised in policy literature, the key dilemmas for policy design and ways to address these as discussed in more recent writings. The discussion is supported using climate change as an example of a complex policy issue facing a high level of uncertainty.

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