ISBN 9781846840821,Rational Choice And Politics: A Critical Introduction

Rational Choice And Politics: A Critical Introduction



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Publication Year 2007

ISBN 9781846840821

ISBN-10 1846840821


Number of Pages 196 Pages
Language (English)


Rational Choice Theory claims to be able to explain how all individuals make not just some of their choices, but all of their choices, all of the time. According to the theory, there is no difference in principle between choosing whether to buy apples rather than bananas or choosing whether to join a political revolution rather than sitting at home and watching television. Given these claims to universal applicability, it is perhaps not surprising to find that over the last three or four decades, Rational Choice Theory has become increasingly influential as a means of providing explanations in politics. The textbook introduces the premises of Rational Choice Theory and illustrates how this theory can be applied to political studies. The book concludes with an assessment of the usefulness of the model in the light of the problem highlighted.