Political Psychology / Edition 1

Political Psychology / Edition 1

by Jon Elster
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521422868

ISBN-13: 9780521422864

Pub. Date: 06/28/2002

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This provocative book takes up and develops the themes of rationality and irrationality in Jon Elster's earlier work. Its purposes are threefold. First, Elster shows how belief and preference formation in the realm of politics are shaped by social and political institutions. Second, he argues for an important distinction in the social sciences between mechanisms and…  See more details below

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This provocative book takes up and develops the themes of rationality and irrationality in Jon Elster's earlier work. Its purposes are threefold. First, Elster shows how belief and preference formation in the realm of politics are shaped by social and political institutions. Second, he argues for an important distinction in the social sciences between mechanisms and theories. Third, he illustrates those general principles of political psychology through readings of three outstanding political psychologists: the French classical historian, Paul Veyne; the Soviet dissident writer, Alexander Zinoviev; the great French political theorist, Alexis de Tocqueville.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521422864
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
214
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations; Preface; Introduction: why political psychology?; 1. A historian and the irrational: a reading of Bread and Circuses; 2. Internal and external negation: an essay in Ibanskian sociology; 3. Tocqueville's psychology I; 4. Tocqueville's psychology II; References; Index.

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