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Satisficing

A decision-making strategy based on trying to develop solutions to problems that are acceptable and that meet certain criteria for adequacy rather than attempting to identify an optimal solution.

(Pal, 2006)

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Leslie Pal writes in Beyond Policy Analysis that the objective in most human decision-making is to find solutions that satisfice. In other words, Pal argues that most decision-making involves trying to find a workable rather than perfect or optimal solution to problems.

References

(Pal. Leslie. 2006. Beyond Policy Analysis: Public Issue Management in Turbulent Times, 3rd ed. Toronto: Nelson Education.)

 

     

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