Rational Choice / Edition 1

Rational Choice / Edition 1

by Andrew Hindmoor
     
 

ISBN-10: 1403934223

ISBN-13: 9781403934222

Pub. Date: 08/08/2006

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

The emergence and development of rational choice theory has polarized political science - particularly in the United States, where it has come to dominate much of the subject's research agenda. Its enthusiastic advocates argue that it has revolutionized the study of politics as an academic discipline by setting it on a new scientific basis. Its opponents argue that…  See more details below

Overview

The emergence and development of rational choice theory has polarized political science - particularly in the United States, where it has come to dominate much of the subject's research agenda. Its enthusiastic advocates argue that it has revolutionized the study of politics as an academic discipline by setting it on a new scientific basis. Its opponents argue that its success marks a triumph of technical style over explanatory substance and makes a series of implausible assumptions about the reasons why people behave in particular ways, thus offering deeply flawed explanations of why particular events occur.

The central objective of this major new text is to provide a clear and accessible introduction to rational choice which assumes no prior knowledge or mathematical skills and offers a uniquely fair-minded assessment of both the strengths and limitations of the approach. Truly international in scope and its choice of examples, it provides broad-ranging coverage of key areas of political science in which rational choice has been widely used and an in-depth introduction to the main works of its key protagonists.

About the Author:
Andrew Hindmoor is Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Queensland, Australia, having previously taught at the University of Exeter, UK

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403934222
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
08/08/2006
Series:
Political Analysis Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.49(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction1
2Anthony Downs and the spatial theory of party competition22
3William Riker and the theory of coalitions49
4Kenneth Arrow and social choice theory77
5Mancur Olson and the logic of collective action102
6William Niskanen and bureaucracy129
7Gordon Tullock, rent-seeking and constitutions155
8Rationality181
9Rational choice explanation200

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