Policy Making: Pluralistic Simulation Model

by Jonathan W. Bulkley, (M.ASCE), Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., and Prof. of Natural Resources, Ecology, Fisheries, and Wildlife Program, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Technical Councils of ASCE, 1980, Vol. 106, Issue 1, Pg. 93-99

Document Type: Journal Paper


A computer simulation model has been developed to assist the student in undertaking a preliminary analysis of the political component of technical policy decision-making. Experience indicates that students at the graduate and upper-division undergraduate levels are able to utilize the model in a variety of both historic and ongoing policy decision situations. The model is based upon the body of political theory which views politics as a conflict-situation, in which competing interests attempt to influence the decision-making process in order to achieve desired goals or values. The computer model processes information provided by the user and assists the user in becoming more aware of the importance of the political forces that operate in the technical policy arena.

Subject Headings: Computer models | Political factors | Simulation models | Computer aided operations | Students | Decision making | Computer analysis | Undergraduate study

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