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[Decision Making and International Relations:] The Cybernetic Theory Reconsidered

Robert M. Cutler

Abstract: This article, reconstructs the logic of John Steinbruner's The Cybernetic Theory of Decision, distinguishing rigoroulsy and systematically among his analytic, cybernetic, and cognitive paradigms of decision making. Three tables form the skeleton of the argument. They respective delineate the basic postulates of the decisional paradigms, the patterns of evaluation and learning that characterize each of them, and what they tell us about cognitive styles characteristic of different levels within an organization.

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Robert M. Cutler, “[Decision Making and International Relations:] The Cybernetic Theory Reconsidered,” Michigan Journal of Political Science 1, no. 2 (Fall 1981): 57–63, available at ⟨http://www.robertcutler.org/ar81mjp.htm⟩, accessed 24 September 2017 .


Dr. Robert M. Cutlerwebsiteemail ] was educated at MIT and The University of Michigan, where he earned a Ph.D. in Political Science, and has specialized and consulted in the international affairs of Europe, Russia, and Eurasia since the late 1970s. He has held research and teaching positions at major universities in the United States, Canada, France, Switzerland, and Russia, and contributed to leading policy reviews and academic journals as well as the print and electronic mass media in three languages.

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