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Deciding not to decide

What makes it so difficult?

by Michel Claessens (writer)
Collection: Essais
october 2016
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After In Praise of Incompetence, the author revisits another topic which is familiar to all of us: decision making, or more exactly, the lack thereof. In many fields, indeed, non-decision-makers are in control. Is it because we are lazy or lacking courage, or is it a mere consequence of the fact that everything is increasingly complex?

Everywhere, it seems to be a major trend. In politics as well as in science and technology, no decisions are taken or there is nothing to decide. Nuclear energy, climate change or genetically-modified organisms—these are just a few areas that are increasingly affected.

Three types of non-decisions are presented in this book. Some non-decisions are just a kind of decision, albeit peculiar and rather trivial; others, by contrast, are the result of specific mechanisms in which new and global technology plays a key role and contributes to their expansion in our society. This excursion into the country of blockages and laissez faire will lead us to discover a yet unknown face of technology.


Table of contents



Quand décidons-nous de non-décider ?

Le mythe de la décision scientifique

La non-décision, nous connaissons

Le propre de la non-décision

Titanic, Polaroid et thalidomide

Eviter la non-décision des organisations


Quand la décision ne fait plus sens

La politique de la non-décision

Cette Europe si lointaine

Grèce : une crise de la non-décision européenne ?

L’Etat islamique, autre vainqueur de la non-décision ?

Politique et non-décisions nucléaires

Défense et non-décision

Choisir sa gouvernance


Science et non-décision

Comités en tous genres

Le climat : vraie gouvernance ou véritable non-décision ?

Y a-t-il un pilote dans l’avion de la recherche ?

Les grands programmes scientifiques

Le fantôme d’Ellul

La technique « virale »

Non-décisions génétiques

Des « zones de non-décision »



Les trois visages de la non-décision

Comment construire sa gouvernance ?

La non-décision, face sombre de la technologie ?


Références bibliographiques


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Language(s): French

Publisher: Éditions Quae

Edition: 1st edition

Collection: Essais

Published: 3 october 2016

Reference Book: 02553

Reference eBook [ePub]: 02553EPB

Reference eBook [PDF]: 02553NUM

EAN13 Book: 9782759225415

EAN13 eBook [ePub]: 9782759225439

EAN13 eBook [PDF]: 9782759225422

Interior: Black & white

Format (in mm) Book: 120 x 190

Pages count Book: 132

Pages count eBook [PDF]: 132

Weight (in grammes): 760

Size: 453 KB (ePub), 1.82 MB (PDF)


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