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Political Institutions: Rational Choice Perspectives

Barry R. Weingast

in A New Handbook of Political Science

Published in print September 1998 | ISBN: 9780198294719
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599361 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198294719.003.0005
 Political Institutions: Rational Choice Perspectives

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Provides an overview of rational choice perspectives in the discipline of political science. Reviews rational choice models and provides examples of their application, in both their broad and narrow forms, in which this relates to the level of preference specification. Considers the relationship of rational choice analysis to institutions and institutional change. Predicts future boundary developments in the application of rational choice perspectives, by extending the range and assumptions built into rational choice models.

Keywords: institutional change; institutions; political science; preference specification; rational choice

Chapter.  10088 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Politics

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