Tackling Wicked Policy Problems
by Gilles Paquet

Tackling Wicked Policy Problems: Equality, Diversity and Sustainability

This short book contributes to accelerating the process of recognition of governance studies as a heuristically powerful field of study. It tries to bring a bit of subtlety, a taste for complexity, and some innovative ideas to debates that have wallowed, both at the conceptual and at the practical levels, in ideologically muddy waters.

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Gilles Paquet

Table of Contents

Introduction

Part I              State of Play

                       

Chapter 1       Slouching Toward a Relatively Stateless State

Introduction

Two reference points

The rise and evolution of the notion of governance

Experiments at the Centre on Governance

Conclusion

 

Chapter 2       Governance as Mythbuster

Introduction

The governance approach

Four key notions transformed in the small ‘g’ world

Persiflage about the governance approach

Some conjectures about the future of governance studies

Conclusion

 

Chapter 3       Wicked Problems and Social Learning

Introduction

The social learning response to the wicked problems challenge

The engine of social learning and wayfinding

Scoping design thinking

Design attitude: why, what and how

Shifting attitude

Conclusion

 

Part II                         Wicked Trans-scientific Policy Challenges

 

Chapter 4       Equality

Introduction

The Tocqueville mechanism

The dynamics of the entitlement revolution

Impacts of the entitlement revolution

The toxicity of the entitlement epidemic

The governance of equability

Modest general propositions

Conclusion

 

Chapter 5       Diversity

Introduction

The issue domain: a few stylized facts

The manufactured Canadian consensus

A fragile social fabric and its dilemmas

A primer on the governance of diversity

Intermediate cosmopolitanism as the way out

The journey to transculturalism

Conclusion

Annex

 

Chapter 6       Sustainability

Introduction

Sustainability as a weaselword

Governance

Blending, complex adaptive systems and bricolage

A plea for polycentric governance

Conclusion

 

Conclusion    

Issues

Polyphonic organizations and hybrid forms of governance

Issue domains and wayfinding: mechanisms and representations

Two murky frontiers

In conclusion

References