In our government centric model we propose that

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Unformatted text preview: be difficult to overcome in the future. In our government-centric model, we propose that government action is the only determinant of outcomes experienced in the system (Figure 4). This captures a case in which, after the government judges the situation as critical and decides to embark on a course of action believed to be a solution, government intervention alone, without interaction with the public, can deal with the problem. For example, suppose the government receives information cues related to the possible strike of a hurricane in an area that is believed to be at risk of flooding if that were to occur. In addition, suppose the government has access to information that leads it to believe that a massive mobilization of the people living in that area is not warranted if adequate precautionary measures are taken. The measures believed to be necessary include reinforcement of levees, additional pumping mechanisms at strategic points in waterways leading to that geographic area, and other precautionary measures. As a result of this judgment of the situation, the government deploys resources and actions within full control of the government and takes care of the situation. As a result, the outcome experienced is that the atmospheric event passed through the geographical area without causing any damage or inconveniencing the population. The basic problem of causal attribution remains, however, but the government assumes that its intervention was successful and that the outcome experienced was a result of the intervention. In our model, after the government action is taken and the outcome is experienced, we propose that an important process develops: the perception of outcomes. In this initial model, we say that the perception of the outcome experienced is solely a function of the actual outcome and that this perception of outcome allows the government to adjust its decision threshold for future action. The government decision threshold represents the level at which a given situation is determined to be a problem that warra...
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This note was uploaded on 04/05/2010 for the course POL 3232 taught by Professor What during the Spring '10 term at Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

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