ERIC Number: ED249561
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov-3
Reference Count: 0
Extending the Boundaries of Debate Theory: A Value-Bounded Policy Decision Making Paradigm.
Thomas, David A.; Corsi, Jerome R.
The purpose of this paper is to propose a new, synthetic paradigm for debate analysis and decision making that features the policy systems approach within a context of values as boundaries for decision. As background for the proposed theory, the paper (1) summarizes the notions of paradigm formation and shifts initially presented by T. Kuhn; (2) looks at some current attempts by scholars to employ the paradigm notion in nonscientific academic fields, specifically, sociology and communication; (3) examines how paradigm theory has been used to explicate new developments in decision making arenas, with an emphasis on corporate managerial decision making; and (4) briefly examines how cultural values impinge on policy controversies. The proposed paradigm is then discussed at length. (FL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Debate Theory; Theory Development
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (70th, Chicago, IL, November 1-4, 1984).