Rational Choice Theory: Potential and Limits

Paperback | November 15, 2011

byLina Eriksson

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The heated debates about rational choice theory (RCT) in political science raise many issues but follow up on few of them.This book therefore discusses RCT's fundamental assumptions and methodology, the value and use of models, and the use of theories in science, enabling a more nuanced evaluation of both the theory's potential and limits.

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The heated debates about rational choice theory (RCT) in political science raise many issues but follow up on few of them.This book therefore discusses RCT's fundamental assumptions and methodology, the value and use of models, and the use of theories in science, enabling a more nuanced evaluation of both the theory's potential and lim...

Lina Eriksson is a Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at Flinders University in Australia.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.62 inPublished:November 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230545092

ISBN - 13:9780230545090

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Table of Contents

Rational Choice Explanations * The Role of Rational Choice Theory * Institutions and Individuals * Ideas and Individuals * Equilibrium * How Hard Can it be to be Rational? * Economic Man? * Conclusions: Privileged Approach or a Tool in a Tool Kit?

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"A subtle, insightful and provocative tour d'horizon, at once broad-brushed and pointillistic, which is sure to generate debate. I am not always persuaded, but I am impressed, and have learned much from her elegant portraits of the (many) rational choice approach(es)." - Kenneth A. Shepsle, Harvard University"Far enough removed to have critical distance, but close enough to understand the literature and what it seeks to achieve, this is a critique in the best sense of the word. Balanced, non-polemical, and examining the limits as well as the limitations of rational choice theory, it deftly and elegantly fills an important niche." - Anthony J. McGann, University of California, Irvine