Temporal Events and Problem Structuring
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Problems come with a history and sometimes an assumed future. Our understanding of the past and our assumptions of the future shape the way we structure problems. In this paper, we explore how the past and the future might influence temporality in problem structuring and identify the utility of linkage theory in providing temporal understanding. Data for this paper are derived from trade treaty negotiations conducted by the USA and Singapore (2000–2003), Australia and Singapore (2000–2003) and Australia and the USA (2003–2004). These three negotiations, occurring concurrently or consecutively in time, allow us to examine a temporal quality to problem-structuring through linkage theory. This study enriches our understanding of the problem-structuring methods literature by focusing on how temporal issues play a role in how problems are structured. The negotiation context described earlier is used as an exemplar of how temporal issues affect problem structuring. Our aim is to begin a discussion on how and if a temporal perspective can be handled methodologically.
Systems Research and Behavioral Science
© 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Temporal Events and Problem Structuring, Systems Research and Behavioral Science, Volume 33, Issue 3, May/June 2016, Pages 324–340, which has been published in final form at 10.1002/sres.2355. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving (http://olabout.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-828039.html)
Political Theory and Political Philosophy