The Challenges of Government Decision-Making
This paper takes a look into the various difficulties faced by public officials in deciding what course the government should take to preserve the public’s interest, including the attitudes that citizens and public administrators have toward each other and toward the problems.
Defining the public interest in a democracy is a difficult and imprecise matter. An interest group may take a position on an issue and present that its view represents the public; consequently, that position must be in the public interest. The result of many people and many groups is an often wildly differing clamoring of voices and opinions, all claiming to represent the public.