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The Adaptive Governance


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Drawing case studies, the authors of this work examine how adaptive governance breaks the gridlock in natural-resource policy. Unlike scientific management, which relies on science as the foundation for policies made through a central authority, adaptive governance integrates other types of knowledge into the decision-making process. The authors emphasize the need for open decision making, recognition of multiple interests in questions of natural-resource policy, and an integrative, interpretive science to replace traditional reductive, experimental science.

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Ronald D. Brunner is a policy scientist and professor at the University of Colorado; Toddi A. Steelman is associate professor of environmental and natural resource policy at North Carolina State University; Lindy Coe-Juell is a policy analyst with the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) in Los Angeles; Christina M. Cromley is a policy analyst with the GAO in Washington, D. C.; Christine M. Edwards is the alumni coordinator for the School for Field Studies in Salem, Massachusetts; Donna W. Tucker is a doctoral student in environmental studies at the University of Colorado.


This guide should prove worthwhile for both public officials and private citizens. High Country News Recommended. Choice Anyone interested in the use of ERD in environmental and natural resources management... will find these books useful. Perspectives on Polotics ...highly relevant in the context of the current search for effective guidance on participatory and deliberative policy-making... Local Government Studies

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