Making Policy in a Complex World
- Paul Cairney, University of Stirling, Tanya Heikkila, University of Colorado, Denver, Matthew Wood, University of Sheffield
This provocative Element is on the ‘state of the art’ of theories that highlight policymaking complexity. It explains complexity in a way that is simple enough to understand and use. The primary audience is policy scholars seeking a single authoritative guide to studies of ‘multi-centric policymaking’. It synthesises this literature to build a research agenda on the following questions:1. How can we best explain the ways in which many policymaking ‘centres’ interact to produce policy?2. How should we research multi-centric policymaking?3. How can we hold policymakers to account in a multi-centric system?4. How can people engage effectively to influence policy in a multi-centric system?However, by focusing on simple exposition and limiting jargon, Paul Cairney, Tanya Heikkila, Matthew Wood also speak to a far wider audience of practitioners, students, and new researchers seeking a straightforward introduction to policy theory and its practical lessons.