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Bridging Wicked Problem and Violent Extremism Research: A research agenda for understanding and assessing local capacity to prevent violent extremism

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In this working paper, we argue that the conception of a wicked public policy
problem offers a useful lens on the challenges faced by local government practitioners
engaged with preventing violent extremism. Wicked problems are characterized by
uncertainty, complexity, and contestation as to origin, definition and policy solutions. Based
on extant wicked problem research, we propose a conceptual model of what we term “wicked
problem governance capacity” – capacity to deal with wicked problems – and a research
agenda for better understanding and assessing such policy capacity. We argue that empirical
studies of Denmark and Norway, which have been among the frontrunners in local prevent
work, offer an opportunity to refine wicked problem theory by grounding it more firmly in the
experienced reality of practitioners
Publikationsdatosep. 2020
UdgiverUniversity of Oslo
Antal sider26
StatusUdgivet - sep. 2020
BogserieC-REX Working Paper Series
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