Rational decision making and satisficing in modern local government

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Demediuk, Peter (2008) Rational decision making and satisficing in modern local government. Global Conference on Business and Finance Proceedings, 3 (2). pp. 81-86. ISSN 1941-9589


At the heart of new governance regimes for local governments is community – based performance management - a construct which describes the intersection of rational decision making with citizen participation, the latter achieved through community engagement initiatives. We can take it as sufficiently settled that idea behind modern public administration is rational decision making, and this rationality is a key principle along the continuum from management-centric approaches to those that aspire to community-centered performance management. This paper investigates the concepts of rational decision making and satisficing as they apply to attempts to increase citizen participation in the work of government. The paper identifies key issues for further research, and advances a model of performance management that can be used to examine the elements of decision making about means-ends choices.

Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/6316
Official URL http://www.theibfr.com/proceedings.htm
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Accounting
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for International Corporate Governance Research
Historical > FOR Classification > 1605 Policy and Administration
Historical > SEO Classification > 9402 Government and Politics
Keywords ResPubID14855, local governments, community–based performance management, rational decision making, citizen participation, community engagement initiatives, management-centric approaches, community-centered performance management
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