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ERIC Number: ED054406
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Nov
Pages: 16
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Community Decision-Making Systems.
Hahn, Alan J.
Aframework for understanding and working with local decision-making systems is provided. Guidelines are given in: (1) identifying the participants in the decision-making system; (2) determining the decision-making structure; and (3) following the stages in the process of decision-making. A list of typical participants includes people in local government, private general interests, nongovernmental agencies, private special interests, state and federal government, churches, labor unions, voluntary associations, and citizens (through voting, organization membership, and in crisis situations). The major types of decision-making structures are: mass participation, monolithic, polylithic, and pluralistic. Since monolithic and polylithic structures are the most common, they are further subdivided into cohesive, executive-centered, competitive, and fragmented structures. The 10 stages in the community decision-making process are: (1) interest recognition, (2) convergence of interest, (3) formulation of proposals and alternatives, (4) development of strategy, (5) organization of political support, (6) establishment of relationships with authoritative decision makers, (7) authoritative consideration, (8) decision, (9) policy implementation, and (10) interest recognition. A questionnaire for use in workshops is appended. (DB)
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