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**preview**shows page 1. to view the full**4 pages of the document.**Decisions & Decision Makers

Realism emphasizes self-help and survival.

Constructivism considers change.

Until recently, (20-35 years ago) political science in international relations

was very reluctant to change. The box of decision making for the most part

was left closed. But we know have a better understanding of international

and internal relations. Today we will be looking at the individual,

government, and small groups. There are different models of choice – the

first of these models is the most well-known – rational choice model. At its

core, it is about purpose “I select an option because I want to pursue that

goal”. You analyze all the options available, and you maximize expected

utility of the consequences. It is instrumental – it is assumed that a) you have

all the required information b) all the options are in front of your eyes c) this

option can receive a hierarchy or ranking so that you can make a calculation

between cost and benefit. The right choice model is a model where you

represent a choice by given expected utility to your option. The next step is

game theory – modeling interaction between individuals. Analysts use this

with states. The right choice model gives an image of international relations

as a game of chess – where one move leads to other possible moves of your

opponent. It is inspired by economics. These formal games help us to explain

the likelihood of cooperation vs. the likelihood of conflict. They may help us

to explain some optimal results – and indeed John Nash received a noble

price for his work on game theory. The game theory can be applied to the

Cold War. The limits of this model are endless as they are based on

assumptions – ex// in real life we hardly ever had all the required

information, and information tends to be ambiguous or contradictory.

Therefore to make sense of information is already difficult. If you are in a

crisis situation, you may not have the necessary time to acquire all these

options – you would need experts. The right choice model therefore is an

ideal model, but it still constitutes the core of political science.

Limited Rationality Model

This model takes into account a legal mold in the way humans interact. Eric

Simon believed that individuals don’t maximize utility, for them maximization

but instead we just aim for satisfaction. What a decision maker will often do

is pick up the first that satisfies his outcome. In other words, it is a

sequences process – whereby the first option that comes up that is “good

enough will be in fact chosen. It my not be the best one, it just is the first

one. The first one that satisfies your goal roughly. The model of

“donderationality” is closer to our actual decision making process.

Lastly, there are concepts that modify these two models. Some may be seen

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