Policy Paradox : The Art Of Political Decision Making

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Amanda Thys
Policy Paradox Assessment Part #2
MPA 226
May 6, 2015 amanda.thys@gmail.com This paper represents original work written by Amanda Thys.

Overall Claims in Policy Paradox: The Art of Political Decision Making In Policy Paradox: The Art of Political Decision Making (Stone, 2011), the author uses two versions of the political world (the polis and the market) to highlight the paradoxes in political action while also showing the ineffectiveness of many political theoretical frameworks. Stone describes the market as being comprised of individuals who pursue their own personal welfare through their interactions with others; rationality rules in this theoretical construct and people’s decisions can be easily deduced based on what will most benefit them. In contrast to the rational model of politics outlined in the market, Stone asserts that true politics is far more complex. Voters and politicians in the polis are not always well-informed on an issue. They do not always make decisions that would be considered “rational” and most highly benefitting themselves. They have loyalties and compassion for others and their decisions are based on a number of social interactions with other groups and individuals. For me, the biggest claim that Stone makes throughout the book is that other political models are too simplistic in describing the political environment and the human interaction that takes place within it. In chapter after chapter in the Policy Paradox
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