The Cement of Society: A Survey of Social Order

The Cement of Society: A Survey of Social Order

by Jon Elster
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521376076

ISBN-13: 9780521376075

Pub. Date: 04/28/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The question addressed in this challenging new book is: What binds societies together and prevents them from disintegrating into chaos and war? Elster analyzes two concepts of social order: stable, predictable patterns of behavior, and cooperative behavior. The book examines various aspects of collective action and bargaining from the perspective of rational…  See more details below

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The question addressed in this challenging new book is: What binds societies together and prevents them from disintegrating into chaos and war? Elster analyzes two concepts of social order: stable, predictable patterns of behavior, and cooperative behavior. The book examines various aspects of collective action and bargaining from the perspective of rational choice theory and the theory of social norms. It is a fundamental assumption of the book that social norms provide an important kind of motivation for action that is irreducible to rationality.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521376075
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2003
Series:
Studies in Rationality and Social Change Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and acknowledgements; Introduction: the two problems of social order; 1. Collective action; 2. Bargaining; 3. Social norms; 4. Bargaining and collective action; 5. Collective action and social norms; 6. Bargaining and social norms; Conclusion: the cement of society; References; Index.

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