Does Mindful Decision-Making Matter? A Study of Legislators' Decision-Making

37 Pages Posted: 9 Sep 2020

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Alison Battaglia

Case Western Reserve University - Weatherhead School of Management

Diana Bilimoria

Case Western Reserve University - Weatherhead School of Management

Kalle J. Lyytinen

Case Western Reserve University - Weatherhead School of Management

Eileen Doherty-Sil

University of Pennsylvania - Department of Political Science

Kathleen Buse

Case Western Reserve University - Weatherhead School of Management

Date Written: September 10, 2020

Abstract

The foundation of our society depends on proper legislative leadership, making well-deliberated decisions and tough choices on policy on behalf of its citizens. This presentation explores if mindfulness influences legislative policymaking and legislative effectiveness. It considers the role of gender and mindful decision-making. Gender affects judgment through the style, ethics, and values of legislators and, in turn, the policymaking process. The goal of this presentation is to explore the use of mindfulness by state legislators and whether mindful decision-making improves the quality and effectiveness of legislative decision-making. Additionally, we will examine whether there is a difference in gender of mindful legislative decision-making. This presentation is a qualitative study with 31 state legislators of various backgrounds, tenure, and leadership roles within their party. This research found that mindful legislative decision-making has a significant impact on legislative deliberation and policy votes. Furthermore, we discovered that mindful decision-making increases effectiveness and confidence in the legislators’ policy decisions and that women use mindful decision-making at a higher rate than men.

Keywords: legislators, mindful decision-making, gender, ethics, leadership

JEL Classification: L38, O21, H11

Suggested Citation

Battaglia, Alison and Bilimoria, Diana and Lyytinen, Kalle J. and Doherty-Sil, Eileen and Buse, Kathleen, Does Mindful Decision-Making Matter? A Study of Legislators' Decision-Making (September 10, 2020). The Tenth International Conference on Engaged Management Scholarship, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3687576 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3687576

Alison Battaglia (Contact Author)

Case Western Reserve University - Weatherhead School of Management ( email )

10900 Euclid Ave.
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Diana Bilimoria

Case Western Reserve University - Weatherhead School of Management ( email )

10900 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44106-7235
United States

Kalle J. Lyytinen

Case Western Reserve University - Weatherhead School of Management ( email )

10900 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44106-7235
United States

Eileen Doherty-Sil

University of Pennsylvania - Department of Political Science ( email )

Stiteler Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

Kathleen Buse

Case Western Reserve University - Weatherhead School of Management ( email )

10900 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44106-7235
United States

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