Preferences, Institutions, and Rational Choice

Preferences, Institutions, and Rational Choice

Preferences, Institutions, and Rational Choice

Preferences, Institutions, and Rational Choice

Synopsis

Rational choice theory has gained considerable influence in politics and sociology over the past thirty years; the use of rational choice methods has proliferated in all areas of social inquiry. From the early days of formal proofs and unrealistic assumptions, rational choice is increasingly being used to model authentic situations and institutions. The collection of essays from leading British writers in the rational choice paradigm concentrates upon the two key aspects of rational choice: the role of preferences and institutions.

Excerpt

Rational choice is one of the leading approaches deployed at present by political scientists to a diverse range of topics. This diversity is apparent in the chapters collected in this volume. Most of the chapters were first delivered to meetings of the Political Studies Association Specialist Subgroup on Rational Choice Politics, which meets regularly in London at the home of Brian Barry and at the PSA annual conference. Regular meetings of this include researchers working on a variety of topics, from empirical political science to political philosophy, from international relations to local government; but each may learn from all given their shared methods. That is the strength of a common methodology.

Keith Dowding Desmond King

Oxford January 1995 . . .

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