Edited by Giliberto Capano and Michael Howlett
Chapter 5: Addressing uncertainty and ambiguity in policymaking: advancements and dilemmas
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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