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An introduction to the Cuckoo Clock Syndrome : RSA blogs
http://wrap.warwick.ac.uk/5306/

Policymakers and leaders often treat Wicked problems as though they were Tame or Critical (and sometimes vice versa)

Wicked problems cannot be treated like Tame or Critical problems. By their very nature these problems – whether it be obesity, issues of mental health or anti-social behaviour – are not caused by a single factor but rather a complex web of drivers; social, economic and environmental. Attempting to solve them with a single, discreet intervention is misguided and likely to be counterproductive.

Likewise, occasionally policymakers decide to treat Wicked problems as though they are a Crisis. The reason why our leaders choose to react to problems with inappropriate responses is partly because they need to be seen as courageous and as having a strong handle on the problem.

Wicked problems require ‘Clumsy’ rather than ‘Elegant’ solutions that combine different ‘cultural understandings’
leadership  decision  making  problem  solving  skill  policy-makers  policy  folly  policy  error  public  policy  politicalscience  political  economy  political  theory  academia  politics 
july 2012 by asterisk2a

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