Domestic Violence As a Wicked Social Problem: Policy Cascades and Misdirected Solutions
Critical and Radical Social Work
In this article, we introduce the concept of a policy cascade, which describes the process of creating policies to address the consequences of other policies. Using the concept of wicked problems introduced by Rittel and Webber in 1973, we trace state and federal policies to address domestic violence to show how they form a policy cascade and decenter survivors. By treating social issues as wicked problems, upstream approaches that bypass compounding effects of policy may help recenter survivor needs.
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Kimball, E., Ilea, P., & Ng Ping Cheung, S. (2023). Domestic violence as a wicked social problem: policy cascades and misdirected solutions. Critical and Radical Social Work, 1–13. https://doi.org/10.1332/20498608y2023d000000003