Wicked Problems: Revisiting the Idea and its Role in the Making of Public Policy (A Discussion)
Terrace Lounge Seminar Room, Ground Floor
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In the field of public policy there is long-standing acknowledgement that some ‘problems’ are resistant to ‘solutions’. They may be highly complex, involve many moving parts and players, be constantly changing, and highly contested. They may even be ‘conditions’ which we muddle through rather than ‘problems’ which we solve. The revival and reworking of concepts such as ‘messy’ problems, ‘wicked problems’, and even ‘super-wicked problems’ have been developed to help engage with such realities. In this seminar, structured as a conversation, we will reflect critically on the concept of ‘wicked problems’, ask how it is used in academic teaching and research, and whether it still illuminates and has value for public policy practitioners.
This seminar is part of the Troubling Policy seminar series run by the Melbourne School of Government. Avery and John will be in conversation with each other and with seminar participants.