Analytical Politics

Analytical Politics

by Melvin J. Hinich, Michael C. Munger
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521562872

ISBN-13: 9780521562874

Pub. Date: 04/13/1997

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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…  See more details below

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521562874
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/13/1997
Pages:
267
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1The analysis of politics3
2The spatial model of Downs and Black: One policy dimension21
3Two dimensions: Elusive equilibrium50
4Multiple dimensions: Weighted Euclidean distance73
5Social choice and other voting models90
6Uncertainty and policy preference117
7The voting decision and collective action136
8Strategic voting, nonseparability, and probabilistic voting157
9The nature of issues in mass elections180
Notes213
References225
Glossary241
Solutions to selected exercises245
Index249

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