Computer assisted policy analysis: contributions from Germany

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    Apart from well-known highly popularized System Dynamics work/there has been
    little published in the field of computer-assisted policy analysis. The System
    Dynamics computer models, which derive from Forrester's early work on the
    dynamics of industrial systems, 2 have mostly been concerned not so much with
    policy in a directly related sense as with futurology. Their emphasis has been on tell-
    ing policy-makers what is going to happen and what should be done rather than pro-
    viding the policy-maker, as a client, with a vehicle for policy exploration. Similarly,
    the more respectable modelling by units such as the Science Policy Research Unit in
    the U.K., 3 have been mostly concerned with prescription and normative analysis.
    For these reasons alone the publication this year of a three volume collection of
    papers gathered together under the title Concepts and Tools of Computer Assisted
    Policy Analysis 4 is an event of some significance. This publication is significant
    mainly because it sees the decision-maker as central to the policy analysis activity.
    Additionally, the sub-titles of each of the three volumes indicate that the editor,
    Harmut Bossel, has made a clear attempt to relate the current and potential use of
    sophisticated computer technology to the context of the reality of governmental
    decision-making. Because of the possible significance and influence of the varied
    content of each of the volumes, an extended review will be presented, which will at-
    tempt to provide an overview of
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)345-360
    Number of pages16
    JournalPolicy Sciences
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 1978


    • computer assisted
    • policy analysis
    • contributions
    • germany
    • management science

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