A Radar Controversy in Zalas

Abstract

This short, compelling case helps students gain experience identifying interests in a conflict, while also considering options for restoring a hostile public's trust in its governmental institutions and leaders. It illustrates the quandary of a public official who must implement an unpopular decision by his regional council that he nonetheless believes is the correct course of action. Roman Brzezcki, a local government administrator in post-communist Poland, faces strong community opposition to construction of a radar installation that has been deemed vital to the national air traffic control system. In the long run, his municipality has little option but to build the radar tower, but in the short-term, Brzezcki's decision-making and implementation strategies have been ineffective if not destructive.

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