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Decision Making: A Psychological Analysis of Conflict, Choice, and Commitment, by Irving Janis and Leon Mann

Decision Making: A Psychological Analysis of Conflict, Choice, and Commitment, by Irving Janis... 134 I POLITICAL SCIENCE QUARTERLY Correct ion of these problems will require considerab le reworki ng of the theory. Few books are intellectuall powerf y ul enough to enrich a field by serving as a target for criticism and correcti on. This is one of them. Peter F. Cowhey University of California, San Diego Decision Making: A Psychologic al Analysis of Conflict, Choice ,and Commit ­ ment by Irving Janis and Leon Mann. New York, The Free Press, 1977. 488 pp. $15.95. This is a disappointing yet worthwhile book. Disappointing because it is wordy, is diffi­ cult to apply to political decision making, and because it fails to address many important questions; worthwhil (espec e ially the firs t four chapter s) because it is one of the few book s to pul! togethe much r of the researc h in thi sarea , to present a thought-provo king model , and to focus on the question of the conditions under which various thinking processes (for example , defensive avoidance )occur rather than to take the less satisfactory approach of seeking unconditional and unbounded generalizations. The authors isolat e four defective patterns of coping wit h information that is http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Political Science Quarterly Oxford University Press

Decision Making: A Psychological Analysis of Conflict, Choice, and Commitment, by Irving Janis and Leon Mann

Political Science Quarterly , Volume 93 (1): 2 – Mar 15, 1978

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1978 The Academy of Political Science
ISSN
0032-3195
eISSN
1538-165X
DOI
10.2307/2149070
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134 I POLITICAL SCIENCE QUARTERLY Correct ion of these problems will require considerab le reworki ng of the theory. Few books are intellectuall powerf y ul enough to enrich a field by serving as a target for criticism and correcti on. This is one of them. Peter F. Cowhey University of California, San Diego Decision Making: A Psychologic al Analysis of Conflict, Choice ,and Commit ­ ment by Irving Janis and Leon Mann. New York, The Free Press, 1977. 488 pp. $15.95. This is a disappointing yet worthwhile book. Disappointing because it is wordy, is diffi­ cult to apply to political decision making, and because it fails to address many important questions; worthwhil (espec e ially the firs t four chapter s) because it is one of the few book s to pul! togethe much r of the researc h in thi sarea , to present a thought-provo king model , and to focus on the question of the conditions under which various thinking processes (for example , defensive avoidance )occur rather than to take the less satisfactory approach of seeking unconditional and unbounded generalizations. The authors isolat e four defective patterns of coping wit h information that is

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Political Science QuarterlyOxford University Press

Published: Mar 15, 1978

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