Pathologies of Rational Choice Theory: A Critique of Applications in Political Science

September 10, 1996|
Pathologies of Rational Choice Theory: A Critique of Applications in Political Science by Donald Green
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This is the first comprehensive critical evaluation of the use of rational choice theory in political science. Writing in an accessible and nontechnical style, Donald P. Green and Ian Shapiro assess rational choice theory where it is reputed to be most successful: the study of collective action, the behavior of political parties and politicians, and such phenomena as voting cycles and Prisoner's Dilemmas. In their hard-hitting critique, Green and Shapiro demonstrate that the much heralded achievements of rational choice theory are in fact deeply suspect and that fundamental rethinking is needed if rational choice theorists are to contribute to the understanding of politics. In their final chapters, they anticipate and respond to a variety of possible rational choice responses to their arguments, thereby initiating a dialogue that is bound to continue for some time.
Title:Pathologies of Rational Choice Theory: A Critique of Applications in Political Science
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:254 pages, 9.5 X 6.25 X 1 in
Shipping dimensions:254 pages, 9.5 X 6.25 X 1 in
Published:September 10, 1996
Publisher:Yale University Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780300066364

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