The Political Economy of Crisis Management: Surprise, Urgency, and Mistakes in Political Decision Making
Roger D. Congleton
West Virginia University - Department of Economics; George Mason University - Center for Study of Public Choice; George Mason University - Department of Economics
Advances in Austrian Economics, Forthcoming
This paper provides an overview of the politics of crisis management using a minor, but significant extension of the core rational choice models of political decision making. The focus of analysis is crisis management within democratic polities, although much of it will also apply to crisis management within private organizations and indeed for personal crises. The analysis has several general implications for the politics of crisis management and for designing routine procedures for crisis management. As demonstrated below, an important and unavoidable property of crisis management is an unusually high propensity for making policy errors. Standing procedures for dealing with crises should be designed with such mistakes in mind.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 24
Keywords: crisis management, ignorance, urgency, politics, public choice
JEL Classification: D70, D80, D79Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: March 13, 2006
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