Book Analysis: The Science of Muddling Through
The Science of “Muddling Through”
By Charles E. Lindblom
Public Administration Review, Vol.XIX, No.2 (Spring, 1959), 79-88
This article discusses two different strategies for comparing policies. The first strategy, Lindblom entitles Root, or Rational-Comprehensive Lindblom refers to the second strategy as Branch, or Successive Limited Comparisons. After a brief explanation of the two systems, he goes on to argue the superiority of the Branch system over the more commonly discussed Root system II. Root
The Root approach, or Rational-Comprehensive, is best utilized for more simple problems, according to Lindblom, due to the necessitation of massive …show more content…
It is impossible to take every important aspect of a problem into consideration unless the problem is very narrowly defined, therefore limiting analysis. Simplification of complex problems is imperative.
Lindblom illustrates that under the Root method, simplification is achieved systematically through limitation of policy comparisons to those policies that differ in relatively small degree from policies presently in effect. It is only necessary to study the aspects in which the alternatives and their consequences differ from the current norm. This limitation reduces the alternatives under consideration and simplifies the investigation of each of these alternatives. It only becomes necessary to study the respects in which the proposed alternative and its consequences differ