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bot·tom-up

(bŏt′əm-ŭp′)
adj.
Progressing from small or subordinate units to larger or more important units, as in an organization or process.
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bottom-up

adj
(Industrial Relations & HR Terms) from the lowest level of a hierarchy or process to the top: a bottom-up approach to corporate decision-making.
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Adj.1.bottom-up - of an approach to a problem that begins with details and works up to the highest conceptual level; "bottom-up parser"; "a bottom-up model of the reading process"
top-down - of an approach to a problem that begins at the highest conceptual level and works down to the details; "a top-down analysis might begin by looking at macro-economic trends"; "top-down programming"
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Everyone from commercial fishermen to renegade governors to energized Congressmen agree that time is of the essence when it comes to marine conservation, and they are working from the bottom-up to implement reforms.
You have to he responsive to that, and you can't do that if you're insisting on a bottom-up decision-making process where you have loads of research done around each issue and you're absolutely sure of the right thing to do when you pull the trigger.
So here's a suggestion for downsizing the military that the Pentagon's "bottom-up review" and Al Gore's National Performance Review missed: Abolish the service academies.