Skip navigation

The necessity of wickedness and the possibilities of participation - Reframing dilemmas on water planning between conceptual fuzziness and real-world practice

The necessity of wickedness and the possibilities of participation - Reframing dilemmas on water planning between conceptual fuzziness and real-world practice

Lobina, Emanuele ORCID: 0000-0003-4774-0308 (2018) The necessity of wickedness and the possibilities of participation - Reframing dilemmas on water planning between conceptual fuzziness and real-world practice. In: Heller, Léo, Aguiar, Marluce and Rezende, Sonaly, (eds.) Participação e controle social em saneamento básico: conceitos, potencialidades e limites. Editora UFMG, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, pp. 51-73.

[img]
Preview
PDF (Author Submitted Manuscript)
14984_LOBINA_The_Necessity_of_Wickedness_and_the_Possibilities_of_Participation_2018.pdf - Submitted Version

Download (373kB) | Preview

Abstract

This paper aims to provide conceptual clarity on wicked problems, or those planning and policy problems that cannot be solved but only reinterpreted. It does so by using participatory water governance as reference, and paradox and institutional bricolage as theorizing methods. The idea that wicked problems are intractable and complex but ultimately solvable is a paradoxical proposition implicit in much literature. Recognising the function of the different orders of governance helps distinguish between wicked and non-wicked or tame problems. The intractability of wicked problems originates from the order of meta-governance where paradigms compete for the definition of the grand principles of governance, whereas tame problems can be solved in second-order governance or the domain of policy implementation. Post-wickedness demands attention for the dual relationship of wicked and tame planning and policy problems, as each influences the interpretation of the other. In fact, their interdependence is crucial to promoting social justice.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Wicked problems; Planning; policy; Water service governance; Public participation; Paradox; Theoretical bricolage; Social justice.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of International Business & Economics
Faculty of Business > Centre for Work and Employment Research (CREW) > Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU)
Last Modified: 19 May 2019 18:11
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: GREAT d
Selected for GREAT 2019: GREAT 3
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/14984

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

Downloads

Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics