Super-Optimum Solutions And Win-Win Policy

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Is there a way for people on both sides of a dispute to come out ahead? Yes, says Stuart Nagel, and he calls his method super-optimizing decision making. Instead of expecting both sides to come out ahead of their worst initial expectations, Nagel's super-optimum solutions approach (SOS) allows both to come out ahead of their best initial expectations, and to do so simultaneously. Nagel offers readers in all fields of the public sector, with diverse interests and experiences, a clear, well-illustrated introduction...

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Overview

Is there a way for people on both sides of a dispute to come out ahead? Yes, says Stuart Nagel, and he calls his method super-optimizing decision making. Instead of expecting both sides to come out ahead of their worst initial expectations, Nagel's super-optimum solutions approach (SOS) allows both to come out ahead of their best initial expectations, and to do so simultaneously. Nagel offers readers in all fields of the public sector, with diverse interests and experiences, a clear, well-illustrated introduction to the basic concepts and principles of super-optimized decision making. Emphasizing rule-making and broader policy controversies rather than individual cases of adjudication, and with less reliance on mathematics and statistics than other books on decision-making techniques, Nagel's approach is basically commonsensical and easily grasped. Decision makers in the public sector will find the book fascinating and of special importance in their daily activities. Private-sector executives will find that its approaches can indeed be adapted to their own special concerns.

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Public policy rather than private or individual decision making is Nagel's (political science, U. of Illinois) concern. He explains a method of dealing with problems by finding alternatives that enable plaintiffs, defendants, conservatives, liberals, and other major viewpoints to come out better than their best initial expectations. He discusses the basic ideas and components, developing and implementing ideas, applications, and generalized analysis. His case studies include the Oklahoma bombing, a labor dispute, product liability, and the right to counsel. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781567201185
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/30/1997
  • Pages: 256
  • Lexile: 1300L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

STUART S. NAGEL is Professor of Political Science at the University of Illinois, Associate Dean of International Policy Studies, and Coordinator of the Miriam K. Mills Research Center for Super-Optimizing Analysis and Developing Nations.

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Table of Contents

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Introduction: Win-Win Policy
Pt. I Basic Ideas 1
1 Concepts and Principles 3
2 Graphing the Concepts 9
3 Fields of Public Policy 18
Pt. II Basic Components of Win-Win Policy 23
4 Conservative and Liberal Goals 25
5 Relations Between Goals and Policy Alternatives 32
6 Relations Among Goals or Policies 40
Pt. III Developing and Implementing Win-Win Ideas 51
7 Win-Win Societal Facilitators 53
8 Win-Win Creativity and Generators 58
9 Win-Win Methods 69
10 Win-Win Feasibility 73
Pt. IV Broad Applications of Win-Win Analysis 87
11 Constitutional Law 89
12 Impact Assessment 100
13 Public Administration 103
14 The Republican Contract and the Democratic Covenant 107
15 The Ten Commandments and Win-Win Analysis 116
16 Lose-Lose and Win-Win Policies 124
Pt. V Case Studies of Win-Win Analysis 131
17 The Oklahoma Bombing: Criminal Wrongdoing 133
18 A Union-Management Dispute 137
19 The Inventory Problem: Business Policy 154
20 A Product Liability Case: Civil Damages 158
21 Jury Procedures: Constitutional Policy 162
22 Right to Counsel: Legislative Policy 168
Pt. VI Generalized Win-Win Policy Analysis 177
23 Public Policy 179
24 Legal Policy 206
25 Overall Policy 220
Going Further: A Bibliography 231
Index 235
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