A half measure, like a little knowledge, may be a dangerous thing. Incremental actions can prove to be a stepping stone, easing the way to climbing higher, or a stumbling block, a barrier that makes advancement more difficult. The risks of partial measures are particularly important in politics. Policymakers are constantly faced with the dilemma of whether to spend political capital on an ambitious proposal or to settle for a partial measure with the hope that it eventually will create greater support for the more ambitious plan. Depending on the circumstances, incrementalism can be a successful strategy or can prove counterproductive.
"Stepping Stone or Stumbling Block: Incrementalism and National Climate Change Legislation,"
Yale Law & Policy Review: Vol. 28
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