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Self‐Interest and Public Interest

Leif Lewin

in Self-Interest and Public Interest in Western Politics

Published in print April 1991 | ISBN: 9780198277255
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599774 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198277253.003.0001

Series: Comparative European Politics

 Self‐Interest and Public Interest

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Provides some theoretical approaches to the subsequent chapters. In particular, it reflects on the ways in which different sub‐disciplines approach the question of whether any grounds exist for the predominance of self‐interest in Western politics.

Problems of ‘rational‐choice’ theory, of the philosophical method, and of the electoral research are then analysed. The discourse of each of these three scientific fields is presented on the basis of the analysis of corresponding literature.

Keywords: discourse; electoral research; philosophical method; rational‐choice’ theory; self‐interest; sub‐disciplines

Chapter.  11518 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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