Law, Governance and Technology Series

Frameworks for Modeling Cognition and Decisions in Institutional Environments

A Data-Driven Approach

Authors: Vallbé, Joan-Josep

  • Provides a thorough and technical review of theoretical approaches to decision-making
  • Contributes to a rethinking of some basic notions of political science
  • Presents a plausible framework for modeling political cognition and decision-making
  • Provides a reliable and realistic knowledge acquisition strategy
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About this book

This book deals with the theoretical, methodological, and empirical implications of bounded rationality in the operation of institutions. It focuses on decisions made under uncertainty, and presents a reliable strategy of knowledge acquisition for the design and implementation of decision-support systems. Based on the distinction between the inner and outer environment of decisions, the book explores both the cognitive mechanisms at work when actors decide, and the institutional mechanisms existing among and within organizations that make decisions fairly predictable.

While a great deal of work has been done on how organizations act as patterns of events for (boundedly) rational decisions, less effort has been devoted to study under which circumstances  organizations cease to act as such reliable mechanisms. Through an empirical strategy on open-ended response data from a survey among junior judges, the work pursues two main goals. The first one is to explore the limits of “institutional rationality” of the Spanish lower courts on-call service, an optimal scenario to observe decision-making under uncertainty. The second aim is to achieve a better understanding of the kind of uncertainty under which inexperienced decision-makers work. This entails exploring the demands imposed by problems and the knowledge needed to deal with them, making this book also a study on expertise achievement in institutional environments.

This book combines standard multivariate statistical methods with machine learning techniques such as multidimensional scaling and topic models, treating text as data. Doing so, the book contributes to the collaboration between empirical social scientific approaches and the community of scientists that provide the set of tools and methods to make sense of the fastest growing resource of our time: data.

About the authors

Joan-Josep Vallbé is a political scientist. He works with social and computer scientists, urban designers, and legal professionals, on how to model, measure, and analyze the interaction between citizens and variation in their environment. Change may occur in micro-level contexts such as problem spaces in choice situations or in macro-level phenomena such as metropolitan growth or the regulatory environment. His recent affiliations include the University of Barcelona, and the Institute for Information Law (IViR) at the University of Amsterdam.

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eBook $99.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-017-9427-5
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
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  • ISBN 978-94-017-9426-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $129.00
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  • Due: October 28, 2016
  • ISBN 978-94-024-0112-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Frameworks for Modeling Cognition and Decisions in Institutional Environments
Book Subtitle
A Data-Driven Approach
Authors
Series Title
Law, Governance and Technology Series
Series Volume
21
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-017-9427-5
DOI
10.1007/978-94-017-9427-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-017-9426-8
Softcover ISBN
978-94-024-0112-7
Series ISSN
2352-1902
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 232
Number of Illustrations and Tables
22 b/w illustrations, 9 illustrations in colour
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