Complexity, crises and coping strategies

Complexity, crises and coping strategies

Wicked problems in public policy

This chapter outlines some key aspects of crises that affect how wicked problems are perceived, debated and managed. Importantly, some ‘creeping’ crises develop gradually over an extended period with slow cumulative impacts, and there is uncertainty about when to accord them high priority. Other crises are immediate and fast-moving, giving rise to general acceptance of the need for rapid responses. In many cases, there will be serious disagreements about policy responses, owing to the complexity of causal factors and the diversity of stakeholder values and opinions. 

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Head, B.W. (2022). Complexity, Crises and Coping Strategies. In: Wicked Problems in Public Policy. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.