Policy report

Wicked problems: do they exist and does it matter?

Research Social issues Policy Public service Australia
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Recently, all kinds of problems and issues are being called wicked, not in the sense of evil, but complex, difficult to understand and resistant to solving.

This is in comparison to tame problems, which are simple, straightforward and lend themselves to traditional, linear approaches and solutions, usually related to technical disciplinary paradigms. This short paper provides a brief response to two critical questions for policy development related to this term. Do wicked problems exist and does it matter?

Publication Details
PPI Policy Update issue 2