Institutional and Policy Responses to Uncertainty in Environmental Policy: A Comparison of Dutch and U.S. Styles

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Arentsen, Maarten J. and Bressers, Hans Th.A. and O'Toole, Laurence J. (2000) Institutional and Policy Responses to Uncertainty in Environmental Policy: A Comparison of Dutch and U.S. Styles. Policy Studies Journal, 28 (3). pp. 597-611. ISSN 0190-292X

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Abstract:Uncertainties regarding problem definition and policy response are an endemic pan of environmental decisionmaking. Some standard responses to uncertainty in decisionmaking are analyzed and then used to suggest the importance of learning-oriented policy processes in open, flexible, and adaptive institutional environments. The institutional and policy responses to both types of uncertainties are explored in two different institutional settings: the consensus-oriented setting of the Netherlands and the more adversarial and pluralistic context of the United States. The examination displays tensions accompanying learning-oriented environmental policymaking and the complex impact of institutional environments. Conclusions sketch implications for how to accommodate learning-oriented environmental policy processes.
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Additional information:Special issue: Uncertainty and environmental policy, edited by Walter A. Rosenbaum and Hans Th.A. Bressers
Copyright:© 2000 Wiley InterScience
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Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/publications/43062
Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1541-0072.2000.tb02050.x
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