FUTURES IN GOVERNMENT
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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Public decisionmakers have necessarily been interested in the future since the early beginnings of organized society, relying on a variety of religious, mystic, intuitive and random devices for making hard decisions in the face of uncertainty. Therefore, interest in the future as such constitutes no innovation in government. What is new, are three converging and interrelated developments concerning the future dimensions of governmental activities, namely a increasing necessity to take the future better into account b increasing possibility to take the future better into account and c increasing demand to meet needs of the future. Developments in knowledge on how to forsee probable futures and how better to absorb unavoidable and extensive uncertainty by making our present actions less sensitive to unpredictable futures, do improve possibilities relative to the rate of change to take the future better into account.
- Government and Political Science