Preferences, Institutions, and Rational Choice

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

EditorKEITH DOWDING, Desmond King

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Rational choice theory has gained considerable influence in politics and sociology over the past thirty years. The use of rational choice methods has proliferated in all areas of social inquiry. From the early days as formal proofs and unrealistic assumptions, rational choice is increasinglybeing used to model authentic situations and institutions. This collection of essays from leading British writers in the rational choice paradigm concentrates upon the two key aspects of rational choice: the role of preferences and institutions. The essays encompass both theoretical inquiries and empirical analyses.This volume is a vital addition to growing literature on the problems and the application of rational choice in social inquiry.

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Rational choice theory has gained considerable influence in politics and sociology over the past thirty years. The use of rational choice methods has proliferated in all areas of social inquiry. From the early days as formal proofs and unrealistic assumptions, rational choice is increasinglybeing used to model authentic situations an...

Keith Dowding is at London School of Economics. Desmond King is at St John's College, Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.83 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198278950

ISBN - 13:9780198278955

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`Wonderful book ... The originality lies in the attempt to consecrate the marriage between two distinct approaches to political science, namely the institutional approach and rational choice theory. In my view this marriage promises to be long-lasting, prolific and rewarding.'Political Studies