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On decision-making literature see the recent article by Dyckman . A Choice Theory of Planning 31 categories. T h e first is the identification of a universe of alternate means consistent with the value. T h e alternatives identified would be those which were conditions sufficient for achievement of the goal. This is the deductive element of the model, a task which may take the form of identifying all the feasible alternatives, or a finite number, or possibly only one for comparison with existing conditions.
Comparative impact analyses have a more modest aim: weighing already identified alternatives subject to some criteria. T h e simplest form is comparison between the effects of a single improvement, as against maintenance of the status quo. An input-output study is an example, provided a rule is added which allows assessment of the merits of the consequent states. Other examples are comparative cost and cost-benefit studies. At the moment, our means-identification skills are limited. Nevertheless, we can state standards for such endeavors, whether conducted in contemporary handicraft manner or using more sophisticated techniques which may develop.
Such trust is in contradistinction to America, where mistrust in government is deeply engrained in national culture. Nobody can be more aware of such differences than Americans observing the British scene. Like Foley in his paper, they are mostly puzzled by what they see and their interest is aroused. Many American academic teachers of planning have spent sabbatical leaves in Britain. T h e fruits of such opportunity for the leisurely pursuit of intellectual curiosity are a host of very interesting studies of British planning which the British planning profession itself would be hard put to equal.
A Reader in Planning Theory by Andreas Faludi (Eds.)