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Shepsle ,. Mark S. 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. With this book, rational choice theory can be integrated into undergraduate courses throughout the discipline.
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. Based on Professor Shepsle's popular course at Harvard, Analyzing Politics is not only an ideal text for courses in theory, methods, or introduction to political science, but also a handy supplement in courses of public policy, Congress, political parties, or any course that emphasizes rational choice analysis.
Analyzing Politics provides the clear, thorough, and jargon-free introduction to rational choice theory never before available to undergraduates. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published December 17th by W. More Details Original Title. The New Institutionalism in American Politics. Other Editions 2. Friend Reviews.
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Shepsle makes it easy to understand the foundations of rational choice and its implications for the study of politics. Nov 21, Steven Peterson rated it really liked it. Rational choice theory has become an important perspective in many of the social sciences.
The essence of rational choice theory is presented quite straightforwardly in this book by Shepsle and Bonchek. Indeed, I have placed this book on reserve in some of my classes, to introduce students to basic concepts and assumptions of the perspective.
The basic starting concepts include: a preferences, which represent various of humanity's want and needs; b self-interest, by which people behave accor Rational choice theory has become an important perspective in many of the social sciences. The basic starting concepts include: a preferences, which represent various of humanity's want and needs; b self-interest, by which people behave according to their preferences. Making decisions occurs under conditions of uncertainty.
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. Beliefs, then, connect instruments to outcomes. When a person acts in agreement with both preferences and beliefs, the end result is "instrumental rationality. People develop a preference ordering, with some ranking higher than others. When one uses higher ranking rather than lower ranking preferences to determine what action to take, the result is "maximization" of results.
Shepsle and Bonchek put it thus page 34 : "Making a decision under conditions of risk involves choosing from among alternative lotteries. A rational choice entails choosing the 'best' lottery. The rule of rational choice is known as the Principle of Expected Utility. Rationality calls for people to make decisions on the basis of expected utility. The key underlying assumption is that people can carry out analyses consistent with the principle of expected utility, engaging in a sort of rational means-ends analysis.
While this is a major theoretical orientation now, it is subject to considerable criticism as well. There are many well done critiques "out there. Apr 27, Alex Nelson rated it liked it Shelves: game-theory , political-science.
Caution: this review is for the first edition! This is a good introduction to game theory in political science, quite gentle. There were no exercises, but quite a few illustrating examples.
What Caution: this review is for the first edition! What I didn't like: - it would have been nice to have more case studies, more "analytic narratives". This might be followed up with Analyzing Congress quite profitably. This book has been written as a class textbook. I picked it just because I wanted to know the basics of rational decision making, as applied in politics.
The book is good but it's boring obviously Aug 09, Elizabeth added it. For anyone interested in public policy, read it. For a textbook, I found it interesting and enlightening. A rare combination for assigned reading. May 27, Nate Huston rated it really liked it. Easy to read. A good intro to group behavior, collective action, and spatial models.
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