Adversary culture

Other Names:
Adversarial politics
Adversarial decision-making
Adversarial trial procedure

The adversarial process forces parties to a dispute, such as industry and environmentalists, to assume the worst about each other as each applies pressure on the position of the other. Each side's behaviour then confirms the other's worst expectations. The regulatory process becomes time consuming and costly since legislation may take a decade to formulate and another decade to implement, and any litigation can involve further delays. When scientific understanding is advancing rapidly, such delays can mean that the regulatory system is quite out of step with the state of knowledge.


Broader Problems:
Unbridled competition
Narrower Problems:
Radicalization of academia
Problem Type:
F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Date of last update
21.12.2017 – 17:17 CET