Political Science | Public Law and Policy: Decision Making in Institutions
Y665 | 28482 | Braman

In this class we will discuss influences on decision making in
democratic institutions focusing largely on American bureaucracy and
courts.  We will explore alternative justifications for
institutionalization and specialization in policy making from
sociological, economic and psychological perspectives.  Two major
themes will include Simon’s conception of “bounded rationality,” and
principal-agent models of delegation.    Finally, we will discuss
some common cognitive biases particularly relevant to policy making
as well as the role of expertise, accountability and group decision
making in improving decisions made by various actors in our
democratic system.