9780230545083

Rational Choice Theory Potential and Limits

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  • ISBN13:

    9780230545083

  • ISBN10:

    0230545084

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2011-11-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Summary

The heated debates about rational choice theory (RCT) in political science raise many issues but follow up on few of them.#xA0;This book therefore discusses RCT's fundamental assumptions and methodology, the value and use of models, and the use of theories in science, enabling a more nuanced evaluation of both the theory's potential and limits.

Author Biography

Lina Eriksson is a Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at Flinders University in Australia.

Table of Contents

Rational Choice Explanations * The Role of Rational Choice Theory * Institutions and Individuals * Ideas and Individuals * Equilibrium * How Hard Can it be to be Rational? * Economic Man? * Conclusions: Privileged Approach or a Tool in a Tool Kit?

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