Rationality, Democracy, and Justice: The Legacy of Jon Elster

Rationality, Democracy, and Justice: The Legacy of Jon Elster


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Rationality, Democracy, and Justice: The Legacy of Jon Elster by Claudio Lopez-Guerra

This volume advances the research agenda of one of the most remarkable political thinkers of our time: Jon Elster. With an impressive list of contributors, it features studies in five topics in political and social theory: rationality and collective action, political and social norms, democracy and constitution making, transitional justice, and the explanation of social behavior. Additionally, this volume includes chapters on the development of Elster's thinking over the past decades. Like Elster's own writings, the essays in this collection are problem-driven, nonideal inquiries of practical relevance. This volume closes with lucid comments by Jon Elster.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107065239
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 02/05/2015
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)

About the Author

Claudio L�pez-Guerra is a research professor in the Department of Political Studies at the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics, CIDE, Mexico City. He is the author of Democracy and Disenfranchisement: The Morality of Electoral Exclusions (2014). His work has appeared in such journals as the Journal of Political Philosophy; Politics, Philosophy, and Economics; and Social Theory and Practice.

Julia Maskivker is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Rollins College. She is the author of Self-Realization and Justice: A Liberal-Perfectionist Defense of the Right to Freedom from Employment (2012). Her work has been published in journals such as the Journal of Moral Philosophy, Contemporary Political Theory, and the Journal of Global Ethics.

Table of Contents

Part I. Jon Elster's Social and Political Thought: 1. The road toward disillusion: explanations, predictions, and prescriptions in the work of Jon Elster Roberto Gargarella and Félix Ovejero; Part II. Rationality and Collective Action: 2. Why it's rational to vote Gerry Mackie; 3. How countries can negotiate to allocate greenhouse-gas emissions: a simple proposal John E. Roemer; 4. On irreversible harm Cass R. Sunstein; Part III. Political and Social Norms: 5. Flexible and rigid constitutions: post-Kelsenian typology of constitutional systems Pasquale Pasquino; 6. What makes people tip Diego Gambetta; 7. A social-psychological theory for female suicide bombers Julia Maskivker; Part IV. Democracy and Constitution Making: 8. Decoding the genesis of political order: Jon Elster on precommitment and constitutional processes in Eastern Europe Claus Offe; 9. Enfranchisement and constitution making Claudio López-Guerra; Part V. Transitional Justice: 10. Compensation and land restitution in transitions from war to peace Pablo Kalmanovitz; Part VI. The Social Sciences: 11. Jon Elster and the social sciences Daniel Little; Part VII. Discussion: 12. Comments Jon Elster.

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