3.6.08 - • Desires and fears influence perception o...

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Social Science and World Politics 3/6/08 Perception and Misperception Perceptions of Centralization o Events are result of plans, not accidents o Opposing side is one actor, not several Overestimation of our own importance o Overestimate own effectiveness o Overestimate role in opponent’s decisions o Assume own intentions are obvious to opponent
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Unformatted text preview: • Desires and fears influence perception o Wishful thinking o Fear that opponent is trying to harm you cannot be disproven by evidence Bureaucratic Politics • The importance of bureaucracy • Organizations develop their own interests o Experts believe what they do is important, and they know best how to do it...
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