Preferences, Institutions, and Rational Choice

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Preferences, Institutions,
and Rational Choice

Edited by
KEITH DOWDING
and
DESMOND KING

CLARENDON PRESS OXFORD

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Contents ix
  • List of Figures xi
  • List of Tables xii
  • List of Contributors xiii
  • 1 - Introduction 1
  • Notes 16
  • 2 - The Paradox of Voting and the Theory of Social Evolution 20
  • Notes 37
  • 3 - Interpreting Formal Coalition Theory 43
  • Notes 58
  • 4 - The Rational Basis for Belief in the Democratic Myth 60
  • Notes 87
  • 5 - Working for Benefits: Rational Choice and Work-Welfare Programmes 89
  • Notes 109
  • 6 - Party Competition in Interlinked Political Markets: The European Union and Its Member States 114
  • Notes 130
  • 7 - Railway Regulation as a Test-Bed of Rational Choice 134
  • Notes 155
  • 8 - Rational Decision in International Crises: A Rationalization 162
  • 5. Conclusion 176
  • Notes 177
  • 9 - The Buck in Your Bank is Not a Vote for Free Trade: Financial Intermediation and Trade Preferences in the United States and Germany 179
  • Notes 203
  • 10 - The Internal Balance of Power and Relative Economic Decline 211
  • 3. Conclusion 238
  • Appendix: Formal Definitions of Viable Threat, Counter-Threat, and System Stability 240
  • Notes 240
  • 11 - Rationality, Revolution, and Reassurance 249
  • 1. Introduction 249
  • 4. Conclusions 260
  • Notes 262
  • Bibliography 266
  • Index 285
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