Anticipatory governance for newcomers: lessons learned from the UK, the Netherlands, Finland, and Korea

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Anticipatory governance (AG) is defined as a "system of systems" that employs foresight to create future plans and execute relevant actions. Recently, various frameworks of AG have been introduced, but there is little practical information available for newcomers on how to do this. This research conducted a framework-based comparative country analysis to provide lessons learned for newcomers in the sphere of foresight-linked AG. By evaluating the AG levels of Finland, the UK, the Netherlands, and Korea, we found that the consequences of foresight-linked AGs were different in each country. At the same time, we also identified a common denominator, namely, future receptivity, a "human or people" capacity to accept and understand the value of foresight. Instead of temporary system changes or organizational modifications, future receptivity is an underlying element for newcomers to overcome lingering short-termism and facilitate the coordination of stakeholders concerning foresight. In conclusion, we suggest ways to promote future receptivity for newcomers. First, the government should educate and train the public and government officials to promote future literacy and future proficiency. Second, the government should provide a process for public participation such as nationwide networking that enables the public to influence their diverse future images over foresight outcomes.
Publisher
SPRINGER
Issue Date
2021-12
Language
English
Article Type
Article
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EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF FUTURES RESEARCH, v.9, no.1

ISSN
2195-4194
DOI
10.1186/s40309-021-00179-y
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http://hdl.handle.net/10203/286951
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RIMS Journal Papers
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