Incrementalism

Discipline: Political Science

A theory of the manner in which governments make decisions.

Policies are changed bit by bit in response to changing circumstances, rather than as the result of grand plans or wide-ranging rational calculations. Those who fear change see incrementalism as a slippery slope to disaster; those who want revolution view it as an impediment to progress.

Also see: conservatism

Source:
C E Lindblom, Politics and Markets (New York, 1977)

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