The national context of wicked problems: comparing policies on gun violence in the US, Canada, and Australia

Newman, Joshua and Head, Brian (2015) The national context of wicked problems: comparing policies on gun violence in the US, Canada, and Australia. Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, . doi:10.1080/13876988.2015.1029334


Author Newman, Joshua
Head, Brian
Title The national context of wicked problems: comparing policies on gun violence in the US, Canada, and Australia
Journal name Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1387-6988
1572-5448
Publication date 2015-09-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13876988.2015.1029334
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Total pages 14
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Scholars and practitioners have always been dogged by problems that are so complex that no practical solution appears to be possible. These have been referred to in the academic literature as “wicked” problems. However, it is possible that a problem’s “wickedness” depends in part on its context and on the vantage point of the observer, meaning that at least some aspects of wickedness can be thought of as being relative rather than absolute. In this article, the complex policy problem of gun control is examined across multiple national contexts to show how a problem that is perceived as being wicked in one jurisdiction can be seen as manageable in another.
Keyword Comparative policy analysis
Complexity
Gun control
Second amendment
Wicked problems
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online 12 September 2015

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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