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Anticipatory Policymaking: When Government Acts to Prevent Problems and Why It Is So Difficult

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by Rob A. DeLeo
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Anticipatory Policymaking: When Government Acts to Prevent Problems and Why It Is So Difficult by Rob A. DeLeo

Public policy analysts and political pundits alike tend to describe the policymaking process as a reactive sequence in which government develops solutions for clearly evident and identifiable problems. While this depiction holds true in many cases, it fails to account for instances in which public policy is enacted in anticipation of a potential future problem. Whereas traditional policy concerns manifest themselves through ongoing harms, "anticipatory problems" are projected to occur sometime in the future, and it is the prospect of their potentially catastrophic impact that generates intense speculation and concern in the present.

Anticipatory Policymaking: When Government Acts to Prevent Problems and Why It Is So Difficult provides an in depth examination of the complex process through which United States government institutions anticipate emerging threats. Using contemporary debates over the risks associated with nanotechnology, pandemic influenza, and global warming as case study material, Rob A. DeLeo highlights the distinctive features of proactive governance. By challenging the pervasive assumption of reactive policymaking, DeLeo provides a dynamic approach for conceptualizing the political dimensions of anticipatory policy change.


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Ebook Details
Pages: 256
Size: 2.3 MB
Publisher: Routledge
Date published:   2015
ISBN: 9781317604969 (PDF)

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03/23/2017
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