9780521653329

Elements of Reason: Cognition, Choice, and the Bounds of Rationality

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    9780521653329

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    0521653320

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2000-10-09
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

Many social scientists want to explain why people do what they do. A barrier to constructing such explanations used to be a lack of information on the relationship between cognition and choice. Now, recent advances in cognitive science, economics, political science, and psychology have clarified this relationship. In Elements of Reason, scholars from across the social sciences use these advances to uncover the cognitive foundations of social decision making. They answer tough questions about how people see and process information and provide new explanations of how basic human needs, the environment, and past experiences combine to affect human choices.

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
ix
Acknowledgments xi
List of Contributors
xii
Beyond Rationality: Reason and the Study of Politics
1(22)
Arthur Lupia
Mathew D. McCubbins
Samuel L. Popkin
PART I: EXTERNAL ELEMENTS OF REASON
Shared Mental Models: Ideologies and Institutions
23(24)
Arthur T. Denzau
Douglass C. North
The Institutional Foundations of Political Competence: How Citizens Learn What They Need to Know
47(20)
Arthur Lupia
Mathew D. McCubbins
Taking Sides: A Fixed Choice Theory of Political Reasoning
67(18)
Paul M. Sniderman
How People Reason about Ethics
85(23)
Norman Frohlich
Joe Oppenheimer
Who Says What? Source Credibility as a Mediator of Campaign Advertising
108(22)
Shanto Iyengar
Nicholas A. Valentino
Affect as Information: The Role of Public Mood in Political Reasoning
130(23)
Wendy M. Rahn
PART II: INTERNAL ELEMENTS OF REASON
Reconsidering the Rational Public: Cognition, Heuristics, and Mass Opinion
153(30)
James H. Kuklinski
Paul J. Quirk
Three Steps toward a Theory of Motivated Political Reasoning
183(31)
Milton Lodge
Charles Taber
Knowledge, Trust, and International Reasoning
214(25)
Samuel L. Popkin
Michael A. Dimock
Coping with Trade-Offs: Psychological Constraints and Political Implications
239(25)
Philip E. Tetlock
Backstage Cognition in Reason and Choice
264(23)
Mark Turner
Constructing a Theory of Reasoning: Choice, Constraints, and Context
287(4)
Arthur Lupia
Mathew D. McCubbins
Samuel L. Popkin
References 291(32)
Author Index 323(6)
Subject Index 329

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