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The Art of Judgment
A Study of Policy Making



November 1995 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This classic book by Sir Geoffrey Vickers first published 30 years ago speaks to both the student/academic and the practitioner interested in understanding decision-making in organizational settings. As the biographical essay elucidates, Vickers' ideas arose from his rich and multifaceted career as a practitioner. His work provides for the integration of theory and practice that is without parallel anywhere in the literature.

Written in a lively and accessible style The Art of Judgment continues to be a seminal work for scholars seeking to develop an interpretive and critical account of management and organization. This work is a study which transcends both a narrow and scientific view of administrative behaviour and lays the groundwork for a view of management thought and action grounded in the world of human experience.

Henry D Kass
Series Editor's Introduction
Guy B Adams, Bayard L Catron and Scott D N Cook
Foreword to the Centenary Edition of The Art of Judgement
Margaret Blunden
Exercise in the Creation of Form
The Life of Sir Geoffrey Vickers  
Kenneth E Boulding
Foreword to the 1983 Edition
 
Poem
 
Preface to the Original Edition
 
Introduction to the Original Edition
 
PART ONE: POLICY-MAKING AS A MENTAL SKILL
 
The Regulation of Institutions
 
Appreciation
 
Three Case Studies in Appreciation
 
The Appreciative System
 
Prediction
 
Innovation
 
Valuation
 
The Limits of the Regulable
 
PART TWO: POLICY-MAKING AS AN INSTITUTIONAL PROCESS
 
Institutions as Dynamic Systems
 
Political Choice and Market Choice
 
Growth
 
Accountability
 
Internal Criteria of Success
 
PART THREE: POLICY-MAKING IN THE CONTEXT OF THE DECISION SITUATION
 
The Decision Situation
 
Decision as Learning
 
The Elusive Issue
 
The Budgetary Decision
 
Allocative and Integrative Decisions
 
The Decision under Protest
 
PART FOUR: POLICY-MAKING WITHIN THE HUMAN-ECOLOGICAL SYSTEM
 
The Human-Ecological System

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ISBN: 9780803973633
£65.00