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Title:Resource Allocation Decisions in Gambian Local Councils
Author:Kingsland, James L.
Periodical:Journal of Developing Areas
Geographic term:Gambia
Subjects:revenue allocation
local finance
local councils
Politics and Government
Economics and Trade
Development and Technology
External links:https://www.jstor.org/stable/4191002
Abstract:Central to an understanding of organisational behaviour is the question of to what extent decision behaviour is peculiar to one culture. On the basis of case studies which examine resource allocation decisions in three Gambian settings - a local development committe, an Area Council, and an Area Council's finance committee - the author identifies some elements that are salient in Gambian decision making, traces their origin, and suggests some concepts for analysing decision making. The primary focus is on the verbal content of discussion and personal interactions during meetings, with specific emphasis on the criteria used for evaluating problems, the rules used to resolve conflict and ratify choices, participation, and language use. These factors are tied to four analytic domains: the environment, the organisation, the small group, and the individual. Fig., notes.