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Commentary 6.7: Tipping Points and ‘Too Difficult Boxes’

Charles Clarke

in Addressing Tipping Points for a Precarious Future

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780197265536
eISBN:
9780191760327
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197265536.003.0016
Subject:
Political Science, Environmental Politics

Faced with complex and wicked problems, even well-established governments seek delay and denial when contemplating ‘Too Difficult Boxes’. Failing to grasp the nettle of change brings society nearer ... More


Problem Solving

Christopher K. Ansell

in Pragmatist Democracy: Evolutionary Learning as Public Philosophy

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199772438
eISBN:
9780199918997
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199772438.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter develops a model of strategic problem-solving in public agencies, generalizing from work on policing, regulation, and organizational problem-solving. Pragmatism adopts an ecological ... More


Health inequalities, wicked problems and complexity

Jonathan Wistow, Tim Blackman, David Byrne, and Gerald Wistow

in Studying health inequalities: An applied approach

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781447305286
eISBN:
9781447312031
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781447305286.003.0002
Subject:
Public Health and Epidemiology, Public Health

The chapter begins by considering what we mean by ‘health’ and by ‘inequalities’. When taken together health inequalities are often considered to be wicked problems – issues that are complex in terms ... More


Challenges and Opportunities

Bruce Mitchell

in Resource and Environmental Management: Third Edition

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780190885816
eISBN:
9780190885847
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190885816.003.0001
Subject:
Biology, Biodiversity / Conservation Biology, Plant Sciences and Forestry

Resource and environmental managers frequently must deal with ongoing change, complexity, uncertainty, and conflict, often meaning that there is not one obviously correct way to manage situations. In ... More


Getting knowledge on ‘wicked problems’ in health promotion into action

David Hunter

in Health Promotion and the Policy Process

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199658039
eISBN:
9780191765780
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199658039.003.0007
Subject:
Public Health and Epidemiology, Public Health, Epidemiology

This chapter describes a collaborative research initiative bringing together academics and practitioners interested in how those engaged in policy and practice use, misuse or fail to use, knowledge ... More


Managing Complexity: Three Case Studies

Randall Curren and Ellen Metzger

in Living Well Now and in the Future: Why Sustainability Matters

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780262036009
eISBN:
9780262339100
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262036009.003.0005
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

This chapter identifies problems of sustainability as systemic action problems and presents illustrative case studies in environmental governance: the management of energy, water, and food systems. ... More


Reconsidering policy change

Kate Crowley, Jenny Stewart, Adrian Kay, and Brian W. Head

in Reconsidering Policy: Complexity, Governance and the State

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781447333111
eISBN:
9781447333159
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781447333111.003.0009
Subject:
Political Science, Public Policy

Explaining how policies may be changed over time is a fundamental theme common to the study of public policy and governance. Scholars have developed several competing perspectives on how and why ... More


Making Wicked Problems Governable?: The Case of Managed Networks in Health Care

Ewan Ferlie, Louise Fitzgerald, Gerry McGivern, Sue Dopson, and Chris Bennett

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199603015
eISBN:
9780191752995
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199603015.001.0001
Subject:
Business and Management, Public Management

This book characterizes the nature of key reforms—namely managed networks—introduced in the UK National Health Service during the New Labour period (1997–2010). It combines rich empirical case ... More


A wicked problem

Nick Gallent

in Whose Housing Crisis?: Assets and Homes in a Changing Economy

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781447345312
eISBN:
9781447346104
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781447345312.003.0002
Subject:
Sociology, Urban and Rural Studies

Delivering broader access to decent, affordable housing is a wicked problem – a seemingly intractable challenge that has incubated in a political space. There are numerous competing explanations of ... More


Tackling Unruly Public Problems

Christopher Ansell and Martin Bartenberger

in Governance in Turbulent Times

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780198739517
eISBN:
9780191802485
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198739517.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, Comparative Politics

This chapter discusses complex problems from the perspective of turbulence and suggests that the temporal character of problems becomes more visible from this perspective. We call problems that ... More


New Labour and UK health care: Managed networks, wicked problems, and post-NPM organizing

Ewan Ferlie, Louise FitzGerald, Gerry McGivern, Sue Dopson, and Chris Bennett

in Making Wicked Problems Governable?: The Case of Managed Networks in Health Care

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199603015
eISBN:
9780191752995
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199603015.003.0012
Subject:
Business and Management, Public Management

This chapter revisits the debate about New Labour’s overall strategy for reform in the public and health services introduced in Chapter 2 in the light of the empirical case study data. It argues that ... More


Introduction and overview

Ewan Ferlie, Louise FitzGerald, Gerry McGivern, Sue Dopson, and Chris Bennett

in Making Wicked Problems Governable?: The Case of Managed Networks in Health Care

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199603015
eISBN:
9780191752995
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199603015.003.0001
Subject:
Business and Management, Public Management

This introductory chapter sets out the rationale of the book and outlines its major themes. It seeks to generate an overall interpretation of health policy reforming under New Labour based on ... More


Transforming Wicked Environmental Problems in the Government Arena: A Case Study of the Effects of Marine Sound on Marine Mammals

Jill Lewandowski

in Human-Wildlife Conflict: Complexity in the Marine Environment

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780199687145
eISBN:
9780191810961
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199687145.003.0003
Subject:
Biology, Aquatic Biology, Biodiversity / Conservation Biology

Management of marine resources by governments is often wrought with wicked environmental problems. These types of problems involve highly complex and controversial issues, high levels of scientific ... More


Toward a Sustainable Environmentalism

Mark Sagoff (ed.)

in Uniting America: Restoring the Vital Center to American Democracy

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300108569
eISBN:
9780300133189
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300108569.003.0014
Subject:
History, Social History

There were three stages in the development of environmental thought in the United States. The first stage occurred in the 1960s, when the environmental movement focused on protecting human health, ... More


Designs for Learning

Brad Mehlenbacher

in Instruction and Technology: Designs for Everyday Learning

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262013949
eISBN:
9780262289634
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262013949.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter examines traditional differences between science and non-science, theories and practices related to instruction, and learning with technology. Furthermore, it focuses on the concept of ... More


Wicked Problems, Clumsy Solutions, and Messy Institutions in Transnational Governance

Marco Verweij

in The Problem-solving Capacity of the Modern State: Governance Challenges and Administrative Capacities

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780198716365
eISBN:
9780191784880
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198716365.003.0010
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

Using the cultural theory pioneered by Dame Mary Douglas, this chapter argues that ‘wicked’ transboundary problems can best be addressed with ‘clumsy’ or ‘polyrational’ solutions, i.e. policies and ... More


Networks for Older People’s Care: A really wicked problem

Ewan Ferlie, Louise FitzGerald, Gerry McGivern, Sue Dopson, and Chris Bennett

in Making Wicked Problems Governable?: The Case of Managed Networks in Health Care

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199603015
eISBN:
9780191752995
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199603015.003.0007
Subject:
Business and Management, Public Management

This chapter addresses the ‘wicked problems’ in health and social care, against historical policy failures in the care of older people. The cases contrast Regional, a large network, spanning public, ... More


Concluding discussion—overall contribution and forward look

Ewan Ferlie, Louise FitzGerald, Gerry McGivern, Sue Dopson, and Chris Bennett

in Making Wicked Problems Governable?: The Case of Managed Networks in Health Care

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199603015
eISBN:
9780191752995
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199603015.003.0013
Subject:
Business and Management, Public Management

This final chapter recapitulates the major findings of the book as well as suggesting a future research agenda. It seeks to bring networks back in to the literature on health policy reforming under ... More


The Organizational Dimension of Governing

Bengt Jacobsson, Jon Pierre, and Göran Sundström

in Governing the Embedded State: The Organizational Dimension of Governance

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199684168
eISBN:
9780191764714
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199684168.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, Comparative Politics

The governing capacity of states is highly dependent on organizational factors. In this chapter, we develop our theoretical perspective by showing how an organization theory approach to the state ... More


Problem-Solving at the Local Level in Turbulent Times

Linda Hye and Morten Øgård

in Governance in Turbulent Times

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780198739517
eISBN:
9780191802485
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198739517.003.0009
Subject:
Political Science, Comparative Politics

This chapter focuses on what problem situations middle managers face in turbulent times, and how they seek to resolve these problems. Based on a survey of middle managers in Norwegian municipalities, ... More


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