Culture Matters: Essays in Honor of Aaron Wildavsky

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Culture Matters explores the role of political culture studies as one of the major investigative fields in contemporary political science. Culture theory was the focal point of the late Aaron Wildavsky’s teaching and research for the last decade of his life, a life that profoundly affected many fields of political science from the study of the presidency to public budgeting. Hence, in this volume, original essays prepared in Wildavsky’s honor examine the arenas of rationale choice, institutions, theories of ...
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Overview


Culture Matters explores the role of political culture studies as one of the major investigative fields in contemporary political science. Culture theory was the focal point of the late Aaron Wildavsky’s teaching and research for the last decade of his life, a life that profoundly affected many fields of political science from the study of the presidency to public budgeting. Hence, in this volume, original essays prepared in Wildavsky’s honor examine the arenas of rationale choice, institutions, theories of change, political risk, the environment, and practical politics.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813331188
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 252
  • Lexile: 1430L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.59 (d)

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Michael Thompson is director of the Musgrave Institute in London and honorary research fellow at the Department of Geography at University College London. Richard Ellis is assistant professor of political science at Willamette University. The late Aaron Wildavsky was professor of political science and public policy and a member of the Survey Research Center at the University of California at Berkeley. Michael Thompson is director of the Musgrave Institute in London and honorary research fellow at the Department of Geography at University College London. Richard Ellis is assistant professor of political science at Willamette University. The late Aaron Wildavsky was professor of political science and public policy and a member of the Survey Research Center at the University of California at Berkeley.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface: Remembering Aaron Wildavsky, the Cultural Theorist
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Social Science as Cultural Science, Rational Choice as Metaphysics 21
2 Rational Choice and Culture: Clashing Perspectives or Complementary Modes of Analysis? 45
3 A Cultural Theory of Organizations 59
4 Cultures: Frameworks, Theories, and Models 79
5 Political Culture and Political Change 91
6 A Proposed Fragmentation of the Theory of Cultural Change 105
7 The Depoliticization of Risk 121
8 What's Special About Cancer? 133
9 Cultural Theory, Postmaterialism, and Environmental Attitudes 151
10 Seeing Green: Cultural Biases and Environmental Preferences 169
11 Applying Cultural Theories to Practical Problems 191
12 Rewriting the Precepts of Policy Analysis 203
References 217
About the Book 241
About the Editors and Contributors 243
Index 245
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