Making Public Policy Decisions: Expertise, skills and experience

D Alexander, JM Lewis, Jennifer Lewis, D Alexander (ed.), J Lewis (ed.)

Routledge - Taylor & Francis | Published : 2015


To understand public policy decisions, it is imperative to understand the capacities of the individual actors who are making them, how they think and feel about their role, and what drives and motivates them. However, the current literature takes little account of this, preferring instead to frame the decisions as the outcomes of a rational search for value-maximising alternatives or the result of systematic and well-ordered institutional and organisational processes. Yet understanding how personal and emotional factors interact with broader institutional and organisational influences to shape the deliberations and behaviour of politicians and bureaucrats is paramount if we are to construct..

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