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ERIC Number: ED140467
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Apr-5
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Musings on Paul Peterson's "School Politics Chicago Style" and on the Utility of Decision-Making Models.
Murphy, Jerome T.
In "School Politics Chicago Style," Paul E. Peterson is quick to credit Graham Allison's work. There are major differences between them, however. The authors reach different conclusions about the role of rationality and bargaining because they use different definitions, because of the influence of the dominant mode of thinking at the time they wrote, because of the differing character of the puzzles examined, and because of the questions the analysts wanted to answer and why they wanted to answer them. Three lessons can be learned from efforts to apply models to decision-making. First, alternative models hold out the possibility of a better, if not more complicated, understanding of how decisions are actually made and how programs are actually implemented. Second, models have added measurably to the complexity of conducting policy research. Third, the utility of a model depends in part on the personal judgments of the analyst on what is important and appropriate for study. Models of decision-making, whether frustrating or not, have helped analysts gain a deeper understanding of society and its study, and they are essential for the further development of policy analysis. (Author/IRT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois (Chicago)