PartIII Policy Paradox: The Art of Political Decision Making

Inthe third of her book, Policy Paradox: The Art of Political DecisionMaking, Debora Stone explores the problems affecting the process ofmaking policies and political decisions. Stone highlights the majordecision making setbacks as, symbols, power, interests, causes,inducements, decisions, facts, rights, and rules. I believe that themajor problem affecting policy decision makers is interests. I findinterests to be strongest point discussed in part three of the bookbecause it undermines logical thinking during decision-making.

Interestsdefine the outcome of a decision made by policy decision-makingmakers depending on how they are affected or benefit from the issue.Stone argues that while the polis knows that weak interests are thegood ones and should be fiercely protected, the market believes thatstrong interests are good. The author presents clear logic when shepresents the problems affecting decision-making and their differenteffects on the achieved results. She clearly highlights how differentinterests affect problem definition, interpretation, and proposedsolutions. Stone does not conform to the traditional methods ofcreating policies affecting the public. She believes that decisionmakers should first consider the welfares of the citizens ahead ofpersonal interests and power when making policies. In addition, whendefining a policy problem, the stakes and interested parties mustalso be defined to highlight how they might influence the finaldecision.

Ifind the third part of the book to be suitable to policies maker,students, and institutional leaders as it addresses the challengeshindering the creation of public policies. The author discusses eachproblem in its own paragraph, making it easy for readers tocomprehend the text. She was unbiased in her judgments and usedpresent life examples, making the book easily comprehensible.


DeborahS. (2011). Policy paradox: The art of political decision-making. NewYork: W.W. Norton