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Author Kowert, Paul, 1964-

Title Groupthink or deadlock : when do leaders learn from their advisors? / by Paul A. Kowert
Published Albany : State University of New York Press, [2002]
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 265 pages)
Series SUNY series on the presidency
SUNY series in the presidency.
Contents Machine generated contents note: 1. Introduction -- 2. Who Learns, and When? -- 3. Eisenhower and Reagan: Comparing Learning Styles -- 4. Learning -- 5. Groupthink -- 6. Deadlock -- 7. Conclusion
Summary "The danger of groupthink is now standard fare in leadership training programs and a widely accepted explanation, among political scientists, for policy-making fiascoes. Efforts to avoid groupthink, however, can lead to an even more serious problem - deadlock. Groupthink or Deadlock explores these dual problems in the Eisenhower and Reagan administrations and demonstrates how both presidents were capable of learning and consequently changing their policies, sometimes dramatically, but at the same time doing so in characteristically different ways. Kowert points to the need for leaders to organize their staff in a way that fits their learning and leadership style and allows them to negotiate a path between groupthink and deadlock." --Book Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-256) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Political consultants -- United States.
Political leadership -- United States.
Presidents -- United States -- Decision making.
Presidents -- United States -- Staff.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1953-1961.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1981-1989.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2001041148
ISBN 0585455287 (electronic bk.)
0791452506 (paperback)
9780585455280 (electronic bk.)
9780791452509 (paperback)