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Abstract

Value tree analysis originated from the application of multi-attribute utility techniques (MAUT) to policy problems involving several stakeholders, whereas MAUT, as initially conceived, was designed to aid an individual decision maker possessing clearly formulated decision objectives. This paper reviews the application of value tree analysis (VTA) in several topical areas and evaluates its strengths and weaknesses, using as criteria its utility in diagnosing and resolving conflicts; its relevance to stakeholder group motivations; problems of getting full participation and accurate responses from stakeholder groups; who could be the users of analysis and how it might constructively be used. It is conceded that VTA is undoubtedly of use to the analysts themselves in assisting them to understand complex problems, but that inherent difficulties of getting full and honest stakeholders participation make it unlikely to emerge as a significant policy tool.

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Authors: OTWAY H JRC ISPRA ESTAB. (ITALY), JRC ISPRA ESTAB. (ITALY)
Bibliographic Reference: INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON TRANSPORTATION, STORAGE AND DISPOSAL OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS, LAXENBURG (AUSTRIA), JULY 1-5, 1985 WRITE TO CEC LUXEMBOURG, DG XIII/A2, POB 1907 MENTIONING PAPERS E 32214 ORA
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