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Institutional Context

The characteristics of the decision making institution provides the institutional context for a decision process. Institutions are commonly classed into public versus private and also by administrative scale (e.g., local, statewide, national, international). Another useful distinction in terms of decision making is between institutions with implementation versus regulatory responsibilities. For example, a common institutional context for spatial decisions is a land management organization making decisions about resource extraction with review by regulatory agencies at the local, state and/or federal level. Another component of institutional context is the institutional decision space, which constrains the options available to the decision making institution. While many alternatives may be technically and economically feasible, the Institution's norms, guidelines, or the regulations that govern it, may prohibit their consideration.

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