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Consensus decision making in government: The role of pre-deliberation
by Entrikin, Andrew S., M.A., Gonzaga University, 2016, 45; 10162503
Abstract (Summary)

This study investigated the role of pre-deliberation leading to a group consensus-based decision in government planning. Six people from local municipalities in Skagit County participated in a 5-question in-person interview study process with qualitative measures. Existing literature on consensus decision making and informal pre-meeting discussions, identified in the study as pre-deliberation, is limited. The researcher was concerned with understanding elements from communication theory that support a communication process leading to group decisions in a recent government planning project. Therefore, five variables were measured in this study: needs and concerns, understanding the positions of others, facilitating group decisions, accountability, and successful partnerships. In analyzing the empirical data, the researcher found evidence to support the notion that pre-meeting discussions improve decision making. Future research may further address gender and age implications, and the role or impact of open meeting laws in government planning.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Shlossberg, Pavel, Haught, Lunell
School: Gonzaga University
Department: Communication and Leadership
School Location: United States -- Washington
Source: MAI 56/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Behavioral psychology, Social psychology, Communication
Keywords: Consensus, Decision making, Political communication
Publication Number: 10162503
ISBN: 978-1-369-17292-8
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