Understanding Policy Processes by Engineering Principles of Systems Theory
René S. Hosse, Sven S. Sikatzki, Eckehard Schnieder, Nils C. Bandelow
Socio-technical systems incorporate several dynamic factors that are analyzed by different scientific communities. Political science underlines the non-linearity of the decision-making process while engineering science has made good progress in applying cybernetics to socio-technical systems in various hazard analysis methods. Therefore, this paper incorporates a lens from policy analysis, MSP (multiple streams perspective) with STAMP (systems-theoretic accident modeling and pro-cesses) to improve the understanding of the political process within socio-technical systems and its results. The method is then applied to the German road traffic system.