Creativity and Public Policy : Generating Super-Optimum Solutions

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This book will provide principles and examples from the public sector examining different ways to achieve 'super-optimum solutions'. The theoretical aspects and principles will be consolidated and discussed in the closing section. The significance of super-optimum solutions to various public administration concerns is demonstrated. Decision-makers striving to make more informed and more responsive choices will find the techniques conducive to greater organizational creativity.
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"Super-optimizing creativity" is defined as a type of problem- solving that represents a quantum leap from current expectations and previous perspectives, entailing<-->not surprisingly<-->super- optimizing analytical methods. Super-optimum solutions (SOS) in the context of public policy evaluation thus refers to finding alternatives better what has previously been proposed. This approach includes expanding resources and efficiency, and combining alternatives. Tables and figures depict diverse areas in which SOS has been applied: e.g., computer-aided mediation, dealing with the deficit, China's excess population problem, Manila's commuter problem, and evaluating energy policy alternatives. Nagel is with the Policies Studies Organization at the U. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781840140187
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 7/28/2000
  • Series: Policy Studies Organization Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 8.62 (w) x 6.02 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Figures
Introduction 1
1 Expanding the Resources 27
Dealing with the Deficit 27
National Economic Growth 32
2 Third Party Benefactor and Well-placed Incentives 47
Housing for the Poor 47
Food Prices 50
Raising Faculty Salaries without Raising Taxes 56
Inflation in Russia 58
Well-placed Incentives and Governmental Investments 63
3 SOS Allocation by Expanding the Budget 73
The General Method 73
Substantive Ideas 73
Decision-aiding Software 76
4 Setting Higher Goals 81
The Artificial Labor Shortage 81
The Parliamentary Alternative and New Constitutional Rights 82
Voting Rights in South Africa 86
Higher Goals in General 89
5 Decreasing the Causes of the Conflict 113
Capital Punishment 113
Chinese Population Control 114
Trying to Commute to and from Manila 119
6 Redefining the Problem 127
Trial by Jury 127
Bilingual Primary Education 132
7 Increasing Benefits and Decreasing Costs 137
Computer-assisted Instruction 137
Other Examples 139
8 Early Socialization 143
Constitutional Law and Free Speech 143
Socialization and Public Policy 147
9 The Technological Fix 155
Environmental Technology 155
Technological Innovation 158
10 Contracting Out 161
Socialism versus Capitalism 161
Legal Services for the Poor 165
11 International Economic Communities 169
IECs in General 169
Super-optimizing Applied to Russian Secession 171
Appendix 174
12 SOS Allocation by Increasing the Relation Score 177
The General Method 177
Substantive Ideas 180
13 Big Benefits on One Side, Small Costs on the Other 189
SOS in the Migrant Labor Case 189
SOS in the Product Liability Case 192
14 Combining Alternatives 195
Higher Education 195
Legal Services for the Poor 198
15 Developing a Multifaceted Package 215
Pre-trial Release 215
Out-of-court Settlements in Criminal Cases 218
16 Sequential SOS 221
Business Development 221
Energy Sources 223
Sequential Analysis 228
17 Combining and Summarizing Approaches 233
Combining Approaches 233
Summarizing Approaches 237
Bibliography 241
Index 247
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