Decision strategies for policy decisions under uncertainties: The case of mitigation measures addressing methane emissions from ruminants

Hirsch Hadorn, Gertrude; Brun, Georg; Soliva, Carla Riccarda; Stenke, Andrea; Peter, Thomas (2015). Decision strategies for policy decisions under uncertainties: The case of mitigation measures addressing methane emissions from ruminants. Environmental science & policy, 52, pp. 110-119. Elsevier 10.1016/j.envsci.2015.05.011

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Decision strategies aim at enabling reasonable decisions in cases of uncertain policy decision problems which do not meet the conditions for applying standard decision theory. This paper focuses on decision strategies that account for uncertainties by deciding whether a proposed list of policy options should be accepted or revised (scope strategies) and whether to decide now or later (timing strategies). They can be used in participatory approaches to structure the decision process. As a basis, we propose to classify the broad range of uncertainties affecting policy decision problems along two dimensions, source of uncertainty (incomplete information, inherent indeterminacy and unreliable information) and location of uncertainty (information about policy options, outcomes and values). Decision strategies encompass multiple and vague criteria to be deliberated in application. As an example, we discuss which decision strategies may account for the uncertainties related to nutritive technologies that aim at reducing methane (CH4) emissions from ruminants as a means of mitigating climate change, limiting our discussion to published scientific information. These considerations not only speak in favour of revising rather than accepting the discussed list of options, but also in favour of active postponement or semi-closure of decision-making rather than closure or passive postponement.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Philosophy
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Philosophy > Theoretical Philosophy

UniBE Contributor:

Brun, Georg

Subjects:

100 Philosophy

ISSN:

1462-9011

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Georg Brun

Date Deposited:

31 Mar 2016 08:57

Last Modified:

31 Mar 2016 08:58

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.envsci.2015.05.011

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.77023

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/77023

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