Posted by: bklunk | May 28, 2007


Here is an interesting story: domestic politics requires cover for a possible change in strategy. The “garbage can” theory of policymaking suggests that policymakers don’t necessarily go through a thorough search of all possible policy alternatives but rather look for available options:

NPR : Iraq Study Group Report May Resurface

The White House now has four more months of funding for the war in Iraq. But September offers another focal point for a debate over the direction of the war. The Iraq Study Group’s report — initially ignored — may yet provide a framework.

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  1. The “garbage can” theory works for policy makers who are short on time and pressed for action. The time constraint could lead them to shorten their research time and settle for the best option available at the time. However, without all the information many errors can take place and new information can always change the options.

  2. GIGO or garbage in and garbage out is the most common issue today, by my opinion , in politics, since people are making their decisions on informations that are not always perfect. The problem with decision making is that people usually don’t use all available information, they do not use best available information, they are bias or lazy when they are making decisions. It is also the case that I do not find all people rational, but rather selfish, so information that comes to them most often get used badly. Policy makers are not usually brightest of all people, so on small amounts of time and bad information that is given to them they will make policies that are not always the best and most of the time will need alternatives.

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