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Overview

Analytical Politics is an introduction to analytical theories of politics, explicitly designed for undergraduate classes and for the professional interested in an overview. Analytical Politics tries to explain why societies take the political decisions they do and focuses on evaluating these decisions. We cannot evaluate how well governments perform without some baseline for comparison: What should governments be doing? The main questions in Analytical Politics involve the existence and stability of the center. An understanding of these issues is essential for anyone who hopes to evaluate the performance or predict the actions of democratic government.
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"This book provides a fascinating introduction to modern public choice theory, but it also does more than that. It provides a single-volume education in why democracy works as it does." George W. Downs, Princeton University

"Like Downs four decades ago, Hinich and Munger root their understanding of politics firmly in the connection between mass and elites, and thus extend his theory of democracy in its most important and fundamental aspects. They place electoral democracy in normative as well as positive theory, and thus tie electoral theory of the rational choice sort with traditional political theory. And what I find especially striking is their demonstration of the culmination of scientific knowledge we have made in four decades—and the outline of where further progress can be achieved." John Aldrich, Duke University

"The writing style is clean and humorous, given the complexity of the material covered." Jon S. Ebeling, Perspectives on Political Science

"This book is a superb introduction to spatial models written by well-known leaders in the field. It is bound to be used widely in undergraduate classes throughout political science." Michael Cain, Public Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521562874
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/13/1997
  • Pages: 267
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 The analysis of politics 3
2 The spatial model of Downs and Black: One policy dimension 21
3 Two dimensions: Elusive equilibrium 50
4 Multiple dimensions: Weighted Euclidean distance 73
5 Social choice and other voting models 90
6 Uncertainty and policy preference 117
7 The voting decision and collective action 136
8 Strategic voting, nonseparability, and probabilistic voting 157
9 The nature of issues in mass elections 180
Notes 213
References 225
Glossary 241
Solutions to selected exercises 245
Index 249
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