ERIC Number: ED247187
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Political Analysis through the Prince System. Learning Packages in the Policy Sciences, PS-23.
Coplin, William D.; O'Leary, Michael K.
This package introduces college students to the elements of the Prince System, a widely used system for making political forecasts and developing political strategies. Designed to be completed in two to three weeks, the two exercises enable students to (1) identify political issues that the Prince System can help them understand, (2) determine the information needed to make a political forecast about any political situation, (3) calculate the probabilities that a political decision will be taken, and (4) identify strategies that could be used to change the probabilities in the desired direction. Three case studies relating applications of the system to historic issues such as the United States' actions in Vietnam in the 1960's, the politics of the American Constitutional Convention, and the role of politics in the operation of bureaucracies are presented in the appendices, which comprise approximately half the document. Exercises are provided for students to apply the system to a political issue of their choice. Tables include Prince charts, a chart showing the range of variables used in the Prince political accounting system, a Friendship-Neutrality-Hostility chart, a Prince political map, and charts reflecting substantial support, substantial opposition, sharp polarization, and an unsettled situation. (LH)
Descriptors: Bureaucracy, Case Studies, Change Strategies, Charts, Decision Making, Higher Education, Learning Modules, Measurement Techniques, Political Issues, Prediction, Predictive Measurement, Probability, Tables (Data)
Policy Studies Associates, P.O. Box 337, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520 ($5.50).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Policy Studies Associates, Croton-on-Hudson, NY.
Identifiers: Political Analysis; Prince System; United States Constitution; Vietnam War