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Lists with This Book. Finally, the Governmental Politics model see governmental action a the result of politics. Overall, three workable systems of analysis, but the book is extremely hard to read. This book has several failings that prevent me from rating it more highly.

Interestingly enough, my professor mentioned this book in class. However, in order to truly understand the author’s point, the ‘model’ chapters are important.

He compares the application of three analytical models to show the limitations of the rational actor model and the increased depth of understanding that can be found through application of the organizational behavior model and the political process model. Why is this divide never examined? Did they want to be discovered? There is a large amount of rich food for thought in this book.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. This book became the founding study of the J. He also believed dexision the organizational model explained otherwise inexplicable gaffes in military history.

He then proposed the following “organizational process” model propositions:.

Essence of Decision: Explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis

The organizational behavior section, while an absolute dumpster fire in terms of theoretical content as far as I can tell it just argues that organizations should be modeled predictively, and then proceeds to make a list of things that ‘might go wrong’ in the transmission of leaders’ intent lists how some of the most important events in the missile crisis were not the result of high-level decision making.


Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. An amazing discussion of institutional biases set against a potentially cataclysmic historic event!

This page was last edited on 31 Decemberat You know all those big mouths with big guns who are ready to invade and kill anyone and everyone who threatens the U.

The US response of a blockade was optimal — it leveraged the strong US tactical advantages e.

Essence of Decision: Explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis, 2nd Edition

But overall I’m glad to zeliokw.essence read it — I now have a better understanding of how and why governments truly act. Above all, he described using rational actor models as dangerous. Books by Graham T. No trivia or quizzes yet. In all fairness, these critiques do not address the book on its own merits.

This model describes action as the outputs of organizations.

While the treatment of the Cuban Xnd Crisis is fascinating, the book’s greatest value is its presentation of multiple lenses for analyzing decisions: After reading works by Richard Neustadt and Samuel P. What a fun read on the 50th anniversary of the Cuban missile crisis!

Almost every day the choices the leaders must make are reshaped by the way information and circumstances are brought to them for action. One of the most influental political science works written in alliaon post World War II era, the original edition of Essence of Decision is a unique and fascinating examination of the pivotal event of the cold Cold War.


Other editions – View all Essence of Decision: I must confess that I was initially skeptical about how much value I would derive from this work. Nonetheless, he made the following attempt:.

Essence of Decision: Explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis by Graham T. Allison

How stable was the balance between the nuclear superpowers if each side based their diplomacy on completely different ideologies? I read this book as part of strategy-studies, and that might have influenced my opinion. Feb 02, Christina Mitchell rated it really liked it. The best org behavior book i’ve read to date. The primary argument, of course, is that the unitary rational actor model is woefully insufficient, as it neglects the important ezlikow.essence that bureaucratic standard operating procedures and cultures play in shaping and constraining state action.

Bullfighting critics row on row Crowd decisiion enormous plaza de toros But only one is there who knows, And he is the one who fights the bull. The other historical sections fill in some missing details. As many of you know, I struggled through my policy class.

While statesmen don’t like to admit they play politics to allson things done, especially in high-stakes situations such as the Cuban missile crisis, they nonetheless do.