The Use of Structured Design Methodology to Improve Realism in National Economic Planning
In this paper a study is described that is meant to lead to a novel framework for nationwide economic planning. The framework is expected to extend the time horizon and broaden the angle of view of the plan and furthermore - through participatory satisficing - promote commitment to the resulting collective action and diminish prevailing free-riding attitudes. System-analysis, modelling and optimization play an important role in the framework. Perceived realism of the resulting tools is of key importance in the acceptance of the framework, therefore special attention is given to the nature of models, and the possibility to calibrate and validate them. No modelling formalism preference emerges, but a general methodological principle appears to be applicable in the realm of reorganisation (or rather re-engineering) of comprehensive socio-technical systems: the use of meta-models of social roles and social-hierarchies to allow a layered (structured) break-down of the socio-technical processes (both in the spatial and temporal sense) in order to map the reorganised system on the original one.
This ambitious research project has been initiated by the SAMUEL NEAMAN INSTITUTE for Advanced Studies in Science and Technology, located in HAIFA, Israel.
KeywordsNegotiation Process Alternative Policy Economic Planning Global Plan Negotiate Process
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