Policy that “lands right first time” may be a noble ambition but it’s a lousy strategy

In this excellent post, Darius Pocha makes a compelling case for a more agile approach to policy making.

‘…government is often backed into an entrenched position because ministers are advised — or incentivised — to rush to a solution rather than asking a better question. Why? Because it looks more like progress. So we dive for big ideas and monolithic executions where there’s no opportunity to learn and no room for manoeuvre. Factor in an electorate that’s extremely intolerant of anything that looks like a u-turn and it’s no wonder that so much policy is cast in aspic before we ever really know if it’s a good idea.

As well as highlighting some of the cultural constraints that may get in the way, Darius also has some practical ideas to make things better.

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