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Living the Policy Process$
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Philip B. Heymann

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195335385

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335385.001.0001

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Categories of Concerns and the Set of Beliefs that Connect Actions to Them

Categories of Concerns and the Set of Beliefs that Connect Actions to Them

(p.52) 3 Categories of Concerns and the Set of Beliefs that Connect Actions to Them
Living the Policy Process

Philip B. Heymann

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the factors that affect a decision maker and various other players. The major categories of concerns for any player include societal outcomes, personal resources of influence, organizational resources, personal interests and moral obligations. In addition, the role of a player's understanding of the situation in relating actions to concerns is also described. Then, the effects of self-image and reputation are shown. As a last step in predicting how another player will react, a policy entrepreneur of course must recognize that the player whose reactions he is predicting will have to integrate the impact of a proposal or of an interaction across all five dimensions of their concerns. Developing an image that is comfortable in the present and that will be useful in the future is an inevitable part of the process of dealing with such concerns.

Keywords:   decision maker, player, actions, concerns, self-image, reputation

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