ISBN-10:
0300066368
ISBN-13:
9780300066364
Pub. Date:
09/10/1996
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Pathologies of Rational Choice Theory: A Critique of Applications in Political Science / Edition 1

Pathologies of Rational Choice Theory: A Critique of Applications in Political Science / Edition 1

by Donald Green, Ian Shapiro
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Overview

This is the first comprehensive critical evaluation of the use of rational choice theory in political science. Writing in an accessible and nontechnical style, Donald P. Green and Ian Shapiro assess rational choice theory where it is reputed to be most successful: the study of collective action, the behavior of political parties and politicians, and such phenomena as voting cycles and Prisoner's Dilemmas. In their hard-hitting critique, Green and Shapiro demonstrate that the much heralded achievements of rational choice theory are in fact deeply suspect and that fundamental rethinking is needed if rational choice theorists are to contribute to the understanding of politics. In their final chapters, they anticipate and respond to a variety of possible rational choice responses to their arguments, thereby initiating a dialogue that is bound to continue for some time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300066364
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 09/10/1996
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 254
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.50(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Rationality in Politics and Economics
1(12)
The Nature of Rational Choice Theory
13(20)
Methodological Pathologies
33(14)
The Paradox of Voter Turnout
47(25)
Social Dilemmas and Free-Riding
72(26)
Legislative Behavior and The Paradox of Voting
98(49)
Spatial Theories of Electoral Competition
147(32)
Responses to Likely Counterarguments
179(26)
References 205(28)
Index 233

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