Essence of Decision

Essence of Decision deals with the decision-making process within the American government regarding the Cuban Missile crisis.

G. T. Allison, P. Zelikow, Essence of Decision: Explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis, Longman, 1999.

Essence of Decision deals with the decision-making process within the American government regarding the Cuban Missile crisis. It contends that the policy-makers operated according to rational templates. However, it also offers an explanation as to the political aspects of the government's work.

The importance of this book lies in Allison's examination of the policy-makers and their operations as political actors. A diagnosis of the decision making environment, as well as its needs, is relevant for anyone seeking to exert or generate public influence.

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