Anarchic Decision Making Metaphor (2)
- Consider a round, sloped, multi-goal soccer field on which individuals play soccer.
- Many different people (but not everyone) can join the game (or leave it) at different times.
- Some people can throw balls into the game or remove them.
- Individuals while they are in the game try to kick whatever ball comes near them in the direction of goals they like and away from goals that they wish to avoid.
- The slope of the field produces a bias in how the balls fall and what goals are reached, but the course of a specific decision and the actual outcomes are not easily anticipated.
- After the fact, they may look rather obvious; and usually normatively reassuring.