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The Value of Choice in Public Policy

Dowding, Keith; John, Peter


Conceptualizing and measuring choice is problematic both in theory and in practice. Measuring by counting the alternatives seems counter-intuitive as a smaller set of better or more diverse alternatives seems to provide more choice than one that is simply larger. However, concentrating upon better alternatives leads to choice being defined by welfare or utility which is also counter-intuitive. The implications of this paradox are considered in relation to examples drawn from the choice agenda...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Public Administration
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9299.2008.01732.x


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