Super-Optimum Solutions and Win-Win Policy: Basic Concepts and Principles

Super-Optimum Solutions and Win-Win Policy: Basic Concepts and Principles

Super-Optimum Solutions and Win-Win Policy: Basic Concepts and Principles

Super-Optimum Solutions and Win-Win Policy: Basic Concepts and Principles

Synopsis

Introduces the basic concepts and principles of a unique and highly effective technique--super-optimizing decision making--and explains how public-sector policy makers can use it in various fields.

Excerpt

In this book we are talking about public policy, which means governmental decision making, not private-sector or private-individual decision making. the government is a set of people and rules for making decisions on behalf of the general population of a community or state or nation. the subject matter relates to how people should interact. It is difficult to get away from talking about specific policy fields or social institutions.

The key institutions in this context are economic, social, technological, and political. This means we are talking about how people relate to each other in the context of jobs, families, or government. the social could include families, education, ethnic groups, and social classes. Technology relates to matters like environmental protection, health care, energy, housing, transportation, and communication.

Thus there is not a meaningful way of defining a policy problem without getting into the field of public policy, unless we do so on such an abstract level as to not be very meaningful. Law is frequently defined in terms of government rules as to how people are supposed to interact, and by sanctions or incentives to encourage proper interaction. Public policy might also be concerned with incentives, so there is not much distinction between law and public policy. One could talk about legal problems or public policy problems. Legal problems have a connotation of courts and public policy problems of legislatures. the term "problem" has a connotation that things are not going right. We are not concerned with governmental decision making where there is no or relatively little controversy.

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