Understanding Wicked Problems and Organized Irresponsibility: Challenges for Governing the Sustainable Intensification of Chicken Meat Production
21 Pages Posted: 29 Jan 2015
Date Written: October 1, 2014
Framing sustainable intensification as a wicked problem reveals how inherent trade-offs and resulting uncertainty and ambiguity block integrated problem solving as promoted by sustainable chain management approaches to production and consumption. The fragmented institutional set-up of the chains avoids that individual actors take responsibility for risks they helped to produce, resulting in ‘organized irresponsibility’. Governance arrangements for sustainable chain management focus especially on reducing risk and uncertainty and ignore trade-offs instead of acknowledging them. For the Dutch chicken meat chain, this article explores how wicked problems and organized irresponsibility influence governance opportunities for sustainable intensification.
Highlights: • Inclusive chain management only partially succeeds in sustainable intensification. • Uncertainties, trade-offs and organized irresponsibility are not considered. • Governance options for addressing these aspects are explored. • Governing sustainable intensification is explored for the Dutch chicken meat chain.
Keywords: wicked problems, organized irresponsibility, chain management, sustainable intensification, food production
JEL Classification: O00, L50, Q20
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