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Analyzing Politics: Rationality, Behavior and Instititutions

A rational choice entails choosing the ‘best’ lottery. Open Preview See a Problem?

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The book is good but it’s boring obviously Great introductory textbook on rational choice anxlyzing.

Charles rated it it was amazing Aug 29, For a textbook, I found it interesting and enlightening. To politisc other readers questions about Analyzing Politicsplease sign up.

I picked it just because I wanted to know the basics of rational decision making, as applied in politics.

Rationality, Behavior and Instititutions 3. Beliefs, then, connect instruments to outcomes. Indeed, I have placed this book on reserve in some of my classes, to introduce students to sgepsle concepts and assumptions of the perspective. Jamil rated it liked it Aug 07, Edward rated it it was ok Jun 14, Making decisions occurs under conditions of uncertainty. While this is a major theoretical orientation now, it is subject to considerable criticism as well. The key underlying assumption is that people can carry out analyses consistent with the principle of poolitics utility, engaging in a sort of rational means-ends analysis.


Shepsle and Bonchek put it thus page Aug 09, Elizabeth added it. Books by Kenneth A. VidalBuffay rated it liked it Apr 03, Alexander Gonzalez rated it liked it Aug 10, This book has been written as a class textbook. Sabrina rated it politicz it May 24, Analyzing Politics provides the clear, thorough, and jargon-free introduction to rational choice theory never before available to undergraduates.

Analyzing Politics

There are many well done critiques “out there. Rational choice theory has become an important perspective in many of the social sciences. Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. As the authors put it, page 18″More often than not, individuals may not have an exact sense of how an instrument or behavior they might adopt relates to the outcomes they value. Nancy Wu rated it liked it Nov 19, The rule of rational choice is known as the Principle of Expected Utility.


Based on Professor Shepsle’s popular course at Harvard, Analyzing Politics is not only an ideal tex Analyzing Politics is the first book to explain rational choice theory in clear and concise English, rather than the murky language of most formal political theory.

For anyone interested in public policy, read it. Published December 17th by W. Apr 27, Alex Nelson rated it liked it Shelves: When one uses higher ranking rather than lower ranking preferences to determine what action to take, the result is “maximization” of results. Will rated it it was amazing May 31,