Unravelling Complexity. 11 October, 2011. Policy is what government choose to do or not do. Philosophy Product Process Framework for action. Government. Sets and implements policies (initiates and responds) Manages competing interests Manages risk and uncertainty
11 October, 2011
Is this a function for government, the market, individuals or families, or charitable activity?
If a mixture, are the other players meeting their share (e.g. through user charges)?
Is this the responsibility of the Commonwealth, or of the states or local government?
Is there serious risk of government failure if it took on the responsibility?
Must start from where you are
Agreeing on what to do is often easier than agreeing on
Incremental change has less risk and is easy to adjust
Even radical change usually requires a series of steps
Incrementalism or inertia?
Risk of ad hoc changes, lost opportunities etc
Lindblom /Dror debate from 1959 through 1960s