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date: 18 January 2020

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This article discusses three options that the article dubs as arguing, bargaining, and getting agreement. It emphasizes what seem to be usefully prescriptive norms of behaviour for the ‘combatants’ in the public policy arena. The article studies discourse between dialogue and discussion; the former refers to the exploration of options, while the latter refers to making decisions. Hard bargaining, negotiating, and organizational learning are the other concepts discussed in the article.

Keywords: arguing, bargaining, negotiating, organizational learning, hard bargaining, prescriptive norms, dialogue and discussion

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