Groupthink Versus High-Quality Decision Making in International Relations

ISBN-10: 0231148895
ISBN-13: 9780231148894
Edition: 2010
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Description: Can we say there is such a thing as good or bad decision making? Indeed we can, to the extent that certain decision-making techniques and practices limit the ability of policymakers to achieve their goals and advance the national interest. The  More...

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Book details

List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 4/22/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Can we say there is such a thing as good or bad decision making? Indeed we can, to the extent that certain decision-making techniques and practices limit the ability of policymakers to achieve their goals and advance the national interest. The success of policy often turns on the quality of the decision-making process that goes into it.Mark Schafer and Scott Crichlow identify the factors that contribute to good and bad policymaking, such as the personalities of political leaders, the structure of decision-making groups, and the nature of the exchange between participating individuals. Analyzing thirty-nine foreign-policy cases across nine administrations, and through both statistical analyses and case studies including a detailed examination of the decision to invade Iraq in 2003-the authors pinpoint factors likely to lead to either successful or failed decision making, and they suggest prescriptive measures to improve the process. Schafer and Crichlow show how the staffing of key offices and the structure of central decision-making bodies determine the path of an administration even before specific topics are introduced. Additionally, they link psychological characteristics of leaders to the quality of their decisions. This work is essential for better understanding and improving decision making.

List of Tables and Figures
Acknowledgments
Groupthink and the Quality of the Foreign-Policy Decision-Making Process
Introduction
The Group and the Individual in Foreign-Policy Decision Making
The Decision-Making Model: The Interplay of Group Processes and Psychological Characteristics
Case Studies in American Foreign-Policy Decision Making
Case Studies in Low-Quality Decision Making
The Garter Administration and the Shah
Reagan Funding the Contras, 1981
Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative
George W. Bush and the 2002 Steel Tariffs
Case Studies in High-Quality Decision Making
The Carter Administration and the Ogaden Crisis
The Reagan Administration and Easing Ferdinand Marcos out of Power
The Clinton Administration and South Asia: Nuclear Capabilities and Another War Over Kashmir
Statistical Analyses
The Effect of Groupthink Versus High-Quality Decision Making on Outcomes
Individual-Level Factors Affecting the Quality of Decision Making
Conclusions
The 2003 War in Iraq: How Flawed Decision Making Led to Critical Failures
Groupthink Versus High-Quality Decision Making: Lessons and Prescriptions
Cases Included in the Analysis
Operational Definitions of Situational-Context Variables
Operational Definitions of Group-Structural Variables
Operational Definitions of Decision-Processing Variables
Notes
References
Index

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