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Pathologies of rational choice theory : a critique of applications in political science, Donald P. Green, Ian Shapiro

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Pathologies of rational choice theory : a critique of applications in political science
Title
Pathologies of rational choice theory
Title remainder
a critique of applications in political science
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Donald P. Green, Ian Shapiro
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Language
eng
Summary
This is the first comprehensive critical evaluation of the use of rational choice explanations 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. Green and Shapiro show that empirical tests of rational choice theories are marred by a series of methodological defects. These defects flow from the characteristic rational choice impulse to defend universal theories of politics. As a result, many tests are so poorly conducted as to be irrelevant to evaluating rational choice models. Tests that are properly conducted either tend to undermine rational choice theories or to lend support for propositions that are banal. Green and Shapiro offer numerous suggestions as to how rational choice propositions might be reformulated as parts of testable hypotheses for the study of politics. In a final chapter they anticipate and respond to a variety of rational choice counterarguments, thereby initiating a dialogue that is bound to continue for some time
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DLC
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1961-
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Green, Donald P.
Dewey number
320/.01/1
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
JA73
LC item number
.G74 1994
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Shapiro, Ian
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  • Rational choice theory
  • Political science
  • Política
  • Rationele keuze
  • Politieke wetenschappen
  • Choix rationnels, Théorie des
  • Science politique
  • Rationalité
  • Science politique
  • Choix rationnels, Théorie des
  • Décision politique
  • Politische Wissenschaft
  • Methode
  • Entscheidungstheorie
  • Rational Choice
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Pathologies of rational choice theory : a critique of applications in political science, Donald P. Green, Ian Shapiro
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-232) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
30398453
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 239 pages
Isbn
9780300059144
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
94011070
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
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  • (WaOLN)1616888
  • (OCoLC)30398453
Label
Pathologies of rational choice theory : a critique of applications in political science, Donald P. Green, Ian Shapiro
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-232) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
30398453
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 239 pages
Isbn
9780300059144
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
94011070
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (WaOLN)1616888
  • (OCoLC)30398453

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