"You Can't Enlarge the Pie" by Max H. Bazerman
The Psychology of Ineffective Government

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everybody knows are foolish? It's not because they're stupid or corrupt, say the authors, but because our leaders, like the rest of us, are trapped in foolish and unproductive habits of thinking. "You Can't Enlarge the Pie" analyzes the unspoken assumptions that lead to bad policy, wasted resources, and lost lives, and shows exactly why they're wrong. With fascinating case studies and clear, compelling analysis, they dissect six beliefs that serve as psychological barriers to effective government:1. Do no harm2. Their gain is our loss3. Competition is always good4. Support our group5. Live for the moment6. No pain for us, no gain for themBy freeing ourselves from the narrow way we evaluate our government leaders, say the authors, we can learn to judge their performance just as we judge that of business leaders: by the overall health of their organizations.
 

About Max H. Bazerman

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Max H. Bazerman is the J. J. Gerber Distinguished Professor of Dispute Resolution and Organizations and Margaret A. Neale is the H. L. and Helen Kellogg Distinguished Professor of Dispute Resolution and Organizations at the J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. They are co-authors of "Cognition and Rationality in Negotiation" (Free Press, 1991). Jonathan Baron is Professor of Psychology at the University Jonathan Baron is Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. Baron's research is based on the utilitariaof Pennsylvania. Baron's research is based on the utilitarian idea that society should be organized to do the most good n idea that society should be organized to do the most good (or to maximize utility). Some of his research examines peop(or to maximize utility). Some of his research examines people's intuitive principles for decision-making and moral judgle's intuitive principles for decision-making and moral judgement, and explores how these principles can stand in the waement, and explores how these principles can stand in the way of doing the most good. Baron is the author of Rationalityy of doing the most good. Baron is the author of Rationality and Intelligence (1985); Thinking and Deciding (1988, 1994, and Intelligence (1985); Thinking and Deciding (1988, 1994, 2000), a widely used textbook for advanced undergraduates a 2000), a widely used textbook for advanced undergraduates and beyond; Morality and Rational Choice (1993), Judgement Mind beyond; Morality and Rational Choice (1993), Judgement Misguided: Intuition and Error in Public Decision Making (1998sguided: Intuition and Error in Public Decision Making (1998); and Against Bioethics (2006). He has also co-edited three); and Against Bioethics (2006). He has also co-edited three books and published over 175 papers and chapters. He is the books and published over 175 papers and chapters. He is the editor of the new journal Judgement and Decision Making, an editor of the new journal Judgement and Decision Making, and he is currently president of the Society for Judgement andd he is currently president of the Society for Judgement and Decision Making. He holds a BA from Harvard and a PhD from Decision Making. He holds a BA from Harvard and a PhD from Michigan and is a Fellow of the American Association for theMichigan and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Psychological So Advancement of Science and of the American Psychological Society. He attempts to play tennis and classical guitar. ciety. He attempts to play tennis and classical guitar. Katherine Shonk was born in Chicago and lives in Evanston, Illinois. Her stories have appeared in "Tin House, Story Quarterly, "and" American Short Fiction," and have been reprinted in "Best American Short Stories,
 
Published August 15, 2001 by Basic Books. 288 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Bazerman (a Harvard professor of business administration), Baron (a University of Pennsylvania professor of psychology) and Shonk (a Harvard research associate) have a promising idea for improving government.

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