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Creating Adaptive Policies

Creating Adaptive Policies
A Guide for Policymaking in an Uncertain World

First Edition
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August 2009 | 184 pages | SAGE India
Today’s policy-maker has a tough job to do. Policies that cannot perform effectively under today’s complex, dynamic and uncertain conditions run the risk of not achieving their intended purpose. Instead of helping, they may actually hinder the ability of individuals, communities and businesses to cope with and adapt to change.

Creating Adaptive Policies: A Guide for Policy-making in an Uncertain World is the very first book to distill the principles of complex adaptive systems and adaptive management into practical guidance for policy-makers. It describes the concept of adaptive policy-making and presents seven tools for developing such policies. Based on hundreds of interviews with people impacted by policy and research of over a dozen policy case studies, this book serves as a pragmatic guide for policy-makers by elaborating these seven tools. It will be an invaluable information resource for technical policy-makers, politicians and their advisors, as well as for those studying politics and international relations.
David Runnalls and Rajendra K Pachauri
Henry David Venema and John Drexhage
The Need for Adaptive Policies
Darren Swanson, Stephan Barg, Stephen Tyler, Henry David Venema, Sanjay Tomar, Suruchi Bhadwal, Sreeja Nair, Dimple Roy and John Drexhage
Seven Guidelines for Policymaking in an Uncertain World
Darren Swanson and Sanjay Tomar
Integrated and Forward-looking Analysis
Stephen Tyler
Multi-stakeholder Deliberation
Suruchi Bhadwal, Stephan Barg and Darren Swanson
Automatic Policy Adjustment
Dimple Roy, Sreeja Nair and Henry David Venema
Enabling Self-organization and Social Networking
Stephan Barg and Stephen Tyler
Decentralization of Decision-making
Sreeja Nair and Dimple Roy
Promoting Variation
Sanjay Tomar and Darren Swanson
Formal Policy Review and Continuous Learning
Stephan Barg and Stephen Tyler
Insights into Implementing Adaptive Policies
Appendix: Policy Case Study Overviews
Consolidated Bibliography

The book provides indicators on how such policies should be drawn up. The authors simplify their ideas by introducing seven tools. Each chapter explains one aspect of these tools. In India, governance is plagued by poor processes so such ideas could help…. The book has some useful case studies which illus­trate how policies should be drawn up.

Civil Society

This book is a fine addition to the literature on policy-making, with a number of challenging and fresh perspectives.

One World South Asia

A critically important read for policy-makers confronted with a `perfect storm` of global economic, social and environmental crises.

Jim MacNeill
President of MacNeill and Associate

This is an essential toolkit for those in the business of making, recommending, learning about or teaching sensible and sound policy.

Margaret Catley-Carlson
United Nations Secretary General Advisory Board on Water

Darren Swanson

Darren Swanson is a Senior Project Manager with the Measurement and Assessment Program at the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) in Canada. He is a sustainable development policy specialist and professional engineer with 17 years of consulting and research experience. He works with governments at all levels and from around the world on strategic processes for organizational and societal-wide learning and adaptive management, including sustainable development strategies, indicator information systems, integrated assessment methods and adaptive policy-making approaches. He holds a Master of Public Administration... More About Author

Suruchi Bhadwal

Suruchi Bhadwal is an Area Convener of the Centre for Global Environment Research at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in India. She has a Master of Environmental Sciences degree. Her work focuses on community level impacts, vulnerability and adaptation assessment. She was principal investigator of the World Bank-funded project in India on ‘Addressing vulnerability to climate variability and change through assessment of adaptation issues and options’. She is a lead author contributing to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Working Group II. More About Author

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