Can we say there is such a thing as good or bad decision making?
Indeed we can, to the extent that certain decision-making
techniques and practices limit the ability of policymakers to
achieve their goals and advance the national interest. The success
of policy often turns on the quality of the decision-making process
that goes into it.Mark Schafer and Scott Crichlow identify the
factors that contribute to good and bad policymaking, such as the
personalities of political leaders, the structure of
decision-making groups, and the nature of the exchange between
participating individuals. Analyzing thirty-nine foreign-policy
cases across nine administrations, and through both statistical
analyses and case studies including a detailed examination of the
decision to invade Iraq in 2003-the authors pinpoint factors likely
to lead to either successful or failed decision making, and they
suggest prescriptive measures to improve the process. Schafer and
Crichlow show how the staffing of key offices and the structure of
central decision-making bodies determine the path of an
administration even before specific topics are introduced.
Additionally, they link psychological characteristics of leaders to
the quality of their decisions. This work is essential for better
understanding and improving decision making.
Columbia University Press
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