A Cognitive Model of Decision-making: Application to Norwegian Oil Policy

G. Matthew Bonham, Daniel Heradstveit, Ove Narvesen, Michael J. Shapiro

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This article attempts to increase our understanding of cognitive processes of policy-making by reporting the application of a model of individual decision-making. The application of the model is based on cognitive maps obtained from interviews which were conducted with Norwegian oil policy officials before and after the Bravo blow out in Norway's Ekofisk oil field. A comparison of simulation results for two groups of policy officials, environmentalists and non-environmentalists, using the before and after cognitive maps suggests that the model is able to replicate adjustments that policy officials make in their thinking and choice behavior to accommodate perceptions of new events.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)93-108
Number of pages16
JournalCooperation and Conflict
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 1978

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • Political Science and International Relations


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