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Michael D. Cohen, James G. March, and Johan P. Olsen, “A Garbage Can Model of Organizational Choice”

Werner Jann

in The Oxford Handbook of Classics in Public Policy and Administration

Published in print March 2015 | ISBN: 9780199646135
Published online July 2016 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199646135.013.4

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Michael D. Cohen, James G. March, and Johan P. Olsen, “A Garbage Can Model of Organizational Choice”

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This chapter examines “A Garbage Can Model of Organizational Choice,” a paper authored by Michael D. Cohen, James G. March, and Johan P. Olsen. It first discusses the assumptions of the garbage can model about decision-making in organizations, paying particular attention its three main elements: problematic preferences, unclear technologies, and fluid participation. It then considers four “relatively independent streams” and their interrelations: problems, solutions, participants, and choice opportunities. The chapter also assesses the paper’s main impact by focusing on organization theory and the original formal model before turning to the more specific areas of policy-making, administrative reform, and institutional theory.

Keywords: Michael D. Cohen; James G. March; Johan P. Olsen; garbage can model; decision-making; organization theory; formal model; policy-making; administrative reform; institutional theory

Article.  7302 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Comparative Politics ; Public Administration

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