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Central minds of government under acute adversity

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Authors
Dror, Yehezkel
Issue Date
1986
Publisher
Graduate School of Public Administration, Seoul National University
Citation
Korean Journal of Policy Studies, Vol.1, pp. 1-12
Description
A preliminary version of this paper was presented at the 1986 Annual Meeting of The American Political Science Association, The Washington Hilton, August 28-31, 1986.
Abstract
"Acute Adversity," in the sense of longlasting situations of harsh difficulties of various types,
faces an increasing number of countries. Therefore, its impacts on actual policymaking need investigation,
which in turn requires broad historic-comparative studies. On the basis of such a study, a
number of typical response patterns of Central Minds of Governments to acute adversity have been
identified, including: different forms of reality denial; maze-policy-behavior, up to panic decisionmaking;
escape into dogmas and policy orthodoxies; utopism and fanaticism; extreme pragmatism; legislative
nominalism; administrative reform cycles; policy fashions; enemy seeking and surrogate alibis;
lalms demanding; ideological-symbolic transformation, such as "ennoblement"; routinization; and, reatioely
seldom, adequate policy invention. Most of these actual response patterns are counter-productive,
posing the need for improved policymaking in the face of acute adversity. Reliable recommendations
on better policymaking under acute adversity require deeper understanding of actual policy
behavior of Central Minds of Governments under strong pressures and its causes. Therefore, this
subject deserves more attention, both from scientific and applied perspectives.
ISSN
1225-5017
Language
English
URI
https://hdl.handle.net/10371/70376
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