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Ed's Favorite Quotations. Emphasis added. References below.

CHARLES EDWARD LINDBLOM

   
The Policy-Making Process.

" . . . [P]olicy making is typically a never-ending process of successive steps in which continual nibbling is a substitute for a good byte."1a

"The play of power proceeds, for the most part, according to rule; it is gamelike."1b

"Persuasion can take a rich variety of forms: outright deceit and irrational and non-rational appeals of many kinds, including, at one extreme, organized propaganda, and at the other, exploited ties of kinship and friendship."c

"X has authority over Y if Y follows the rule that he obey X.
If X controls Y by offering in each specific decision some reward to him, threatening him, or physically constraining him, he does not have authority over him. If Y obeys only when he sees merit in the specific command given him, X does not have authority over him. But
if X can routinely exert power or influence over Y because Y accepts a rule that he obey, then X has authority over Y.
"1d*

"Money can hire printing presses, propagandists, policy analysts, and door-bell ringers. It is first, then, a prodigious influence in policy making because people and corporations with money can organize and support persuasion. . . interest groups disproportionately represent people and corporations that can afford to meet the cost of organized persuasion."1e

"Civil disobedience appears to be an effective method of citizen participation in the play of power in policy making. . .
When a substantial number of citizens disavow rules and authority, they break the habit of obedience without which orderly democratic government is impossible."1f


  

Charles E. Lindblom. The Policy-Making Process. 3rd ed. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall Inc., 1968.
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The Market System: What It Is, How It Works, and What to Make of It.


  
Charles E. Lindblom. The Market System: What It Is, How It Works, and What to Make of It. New Haven, CT: Yale Nota Bene, 2002.
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Inquiry and Change: The Troubled Attempt to Understand and Shape Society.


  

Charles E. Lindblom. Inquiry and Change: The Troubled Attempt to Understand and Shape Society. Reprint ed. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1992.
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Usable Knowledge: Social Science and Social Problem Solving.


  
Charles E. Lindblom. Usable Knowledge: Social Science and Social Problem Solving. New Haven, CT: Yale Nota Bene, 1979.
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* Italics in the original.

1 Charles E. Lindblom (b. 1917). The Policy-Making Process. 3rd ed. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall Inc., 1968.
Part One: Analytic Policy Making
a 
Chp. 4: Making the Most of Analysis, at 25.
Part Two: The Play of Power

b Chp. 5: The Play in Main Outline, at 30.
c
 Ibid., at 32.
d Ibid., at 37.
e Ibid., at 39.
f
 Chp. 6: The Citizen as Policy Maker
, at 50.

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