A General Systems Approach to Uses of Behavioral Sciences for Better Policymaking.

by Yehezkel Dror

Purchase Print Copy

 FormatList Price Price
Add to Cart Paperback29 pages $20.00 $16.00 20% Web Discount

An evaluation of the ways in which behavioral sciences can contribute to an increased expected output of policymaking goals. The discussion proposes the establishment of a general systems theory and proceeds to model relations between behavioral sciences and policymaking within that framework. Redesign specifications outline various changes necessary in the public policymaking systems, the behavioral sciences, and the intertransport modes between them, with recommendations for better policymaking practices. Because of the great number of changes required to accomplish this, it is concluded that rather than a systems-redesign approach, a different system should be designed--one which makes use of the same general systems theory to provide an essential framework, but transforms parts of behavioral sciences into a main component of policy sciences. 29 pp.

This report is part of the RAND Corporation paper series. The paper was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1948 to 2003 that captured speeches, memorials, and derivative research, usually prepared on authors' own time and meant to be the scholarly or scientific contribution of individual authors to their professional fields. Papers were less formal than reports and did not require rigorous peer review.

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.