Ronny Donyetz Rosenzweig

Doctoral student, department of Political Science
Dissertation title:Factors that affect political leaders' decision making: Emotional Intelligence, Group Dynamic and Decision Rule
Supervisor: Prof. Alex Mintz and Prof. Pazit Ben-Nun Bloom
ronny.donyetzrose@mail.huji.ac.il
This study seeks to put a spotlight on the factors that influence the decision-making of political leaders by examining three possible explanations: group dynamics, emotional intelligence and decision rule. This paper consists of three main chapters that are briefly described here.
The first chapter examines the influence of group dynamics among negotiation teams on the leaders' decision-making process in peace negotiation by focusing on the major peace negotiations that Israel has taken part of, starting with the Israeli-Egyptian negotiation until today (1978-2021) . This study aims to extend the scope on small-group dynamics, leaders' decision-making and peace negotiations by focusing on the Groupthink, Polythink and Con-Div. phenomena and by analyzing their potential explanatory power in the analysis of leaders' decision-making in peace negotiations.
The second chapter examines the influence of emotional intelligence on political leaders’ decision-making processes in foreign policy affairs. It focuses on five political leaders from three states (Benjamin Netanyahu, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Tony Blair) during their two terms in office and examine whether and how changes in the various dimensions of the leaders' trait emotional intelligence affect changes in the leaders' decision-making in foreign policy over time. The third chapter offers an analysis of the decision code of Hassan Nasrallah, one of the most prominent and longest-reigning leaders of a terrorist organization and the secretary-general of Hezbollah. We construct his personal decision matrix using Mintz et al. (2020), which enables us to examine 14 decisions made by Nasrallah between 2000 and 2015 using the applied decision analysis (ADA) method. Using the matrix to analyze his choices then allows us to determine the critical dimension(s) that influence Nasrallah's decisions and decision rule.