6. Influence Diagrams of Political Decision Making

  1. Timothy C. Haas

Published Online: 12 JAN 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470979334.ch6

Improving Natural Resource Management: Ecological and Political Models

Improving Natural Resource Management: Ecological and Political Models

How to Cite

Haas, T. C. (2011) Influence Diagrams of Political Decision Making, in Improving Natural Resource Management: Ecological and Political Models, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470979334.ch6

Author Information

  1. Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 12 JAN 2011
  2. Published Print: 4 MAR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470661130

Online ISBN: 9780470979334

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Keywords:

  • influence diagrams (IDs);
  • institutionalism;
  • modeling efforts;
  • political decision making

Summary

This chapter describes a stochastic model of a group’s political decision making. It reviews new institutionalism and the descriptive theory of political decision making. Then, the chapter presents the model of decision making used to construct group influence diagrams (IDs). It also reviews some related modeling efforts. The new institutionalism view of the policy-making process is particularly relevant for studying wildlife management in developing countries. New institutionalism synthesizes economic (rational actor) theories and descriptive theories of decision making. The social science theory suggests that a minimally complete model of political decision making should include representations of the decision maker’s goals, internal models of actors, audience effects, a memory mechanism, perceptions of delayed versus immediate effects, and action recognition. Modeling is at the group level but the supporting theory is derived from individual decision-making theory.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

descriptive statistics; influence diagram