Rationalizing Capitalist Democracy: The Cold War Origins of Rational Choice Liberalism

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byS.M. Amadae

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In Rationalizing Capitalist Democracy, S. M. Amadae tells the remarkable story of how rational choice theory rose from obscurity to become the intellectual bulwark of capitalist democracy. Amadae roots Rationalizing Capitalist Democracy in the turbulent post-World War II era, showing how rational choice theory grew out of the RAND Corporation's efforts to develop a "science" of military and policy decisionmaking. But while the first generation of rational choice theorists—William Riker, Kenneth Arrow, and James Buchanan—were committed to constructing a "scientific" approach to social science research, they were also deeply committed to defending American democracy from its Marxist critics. Amadae reveals not only how the ideological battles of the Cold War shaped their ideas but also how those ideas may today be undermining the very notion of individual liberty they were created to defend.

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In Rationalizing Capitalist Democracy, S. M. Amadae tells the remarkable story of how rational choice theory rose from obscurity to become the intellectual bulwark of capitalist democracy. Amadae roots Rationalizing Capitalist Democracy in the turbulent post-World War II era, showing how rational choice theory grew out of the RAND Corp...

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In "Rationalizing Capitalist Democracy," S. M. Amadae tells the remarkable story of how rational choice theory rose from obscurity to become the intellectual bulwark of capitalist democracy. Amadae roots "Rationalizing Capitalist Democracy" in the turbulent post-World War II era, showing how rational choice theory grew out of the RAND ...

S. M. Amadae is a research fellow in the Office for History of Science and Technology at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:408 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:October 15, 2003Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0226016544

ISBN - 13:9780226016542

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Prologue: Schumpeter, Hayek, and Popper

Part I. Rational Policy Analysis and the National Security State
Chapter 1. Managing the National Security State: Decision Technologies and Policy Science

Part II. Rational Choice Theory in American Social Science
Chapter 2. Kenneth J. Arrow's Social Choice and Individual Values
Chapter 3. James Buchanan and Gordon Tullock's Public Choice Theory
Chapter 4. William Riker's Positive Political Theory
Chapter 5. Rational Choice and Capitalist Democracy

Part III. Antecedents to Rational Choice Theory
Chapter 6. Adam Smith's System of Natural Liberty
Chapter 7. Rational Mechanics, Marginalist Economics, and Rational Choice

Part IV. Rational Choice Liberalism Today
Chapter 8. Consolidating Rational Choice Liberalism, 1970-2000

Epilogue: From the Panopticon to the Prisoner's Dilemma
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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“That which emerges from separately pursued paths of scientific inquiry often has a coherence that only an external observer can discern. As a protagonist in this book’s story line, I welcome Amadae’s integration of public choice ideas into the more comprehensive vision that was never a part of my intent.”<_5c_23_209>James Buchanan, 1986 Nobel Laureate in Economics