An integrated framework for anticipating the future and dealing with uncertainty in policymaking

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Abstract

Policymakers need to make policies for an uncertain future, and policy analysts assist policymakers in choosing preferred courses of action. Despite a longstanding recognition that the futures field can contribute a great deal to policy analysis, futures work is not used to its full potential as an element of policy analysis. This is partly due to an absence of well-defined links between the fields and a common unambiguous typology. This paper proposes a framework for linking policy analysis, policymaking, and the futures field so that they can benefit mutually from a shared approach and tools. This integrated framework is intended to guide policy analysts on the appropriate use of futures approaches so that they can improve their analyses and contribute to better policies. At the same time, futures practitioners will be encouraged to align their approaches with the needs of policy analysts, thereby leading to increased uptake of futures work in policy analysis.
Original languageEnglish
Article number102594
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalFutures
Volume124
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Futures field
  • Integrated framework
  • Policy analysis
  • Policymaking
  • Uncertainty

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