Social Stability Analysis — Can Carrying Capacity Provide an Answer to Public Policy in Canada?

  • Paolo F. Ricci
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 3)


The usage of the phrase “carrying capacity” in recent planning and policy statements requires a discussion of the meaning and transferability of the concept to policy-making. Recently, the concern with population size and its probable growth over time has increased to the point that specific policy issues may well turn out to be based on some arbitrary measure of a “carrying capacity.” For this reason policy-making, as distinct from decision-making, becomes the focus of this paper, while the emphasis is not on providing measures of carrying capacity for any area; rather it is on developing an operational definition.


Carry Capacity Energy Food Probable Growth Minimax Regret Capita Water Consumption 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • Paolo F. Ricci
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  1. 1.University of OttawaOntarioCanada

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