The National Context of Wicked Problems: Comparing Policies on Gun Violence in the US, Canada, and Australia

Joshua Newman

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40-53
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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