The impact of foresight on policymaking : towards more transparency and participation
Title: The impact of foresight on policymaking : towards more transparency and participation
Series/Number: G20 Insights Policy Briefs; G20 Germany 2017
External link: http://www.g20-insights.org/policy_briefs/impact-foresight-policymaking-towards-transparency-participation/
Scenario methodology is one of the most resourceful foresight approaches. It facilitates contrarian thinking and undermines the groupthink that often occurs during policymaking processes in homogeneous environments. Political elites have shown that they are not immune to the effects – at times, even fatal consequences – of such streamlining. Since scenario processes are inherently heterogeneous, they increase overall transparency and provide opportunities to include previously excluded social groups and perspectives in the decision-making process. In sum, foresight studies widen the perspective to cover a range of unexpected yet plausible outcomes and thus they represent a valuable tool for policymakers in view of the growing global uncertainties.
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