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Political Economy: Sociological Perspectives

Claus Offe

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/10.1093/0198294719.003.0029
 Political Economy: Sociological Perspectives

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As paradigms conflict, so the fields of political economy and sociology conflict, yet they also cross‐fertilize. Reviews the contribution of political economy to sociology and vice versa, pointing to the social determinants and contextualization of rational utility maximizers and the contribution of sociology to political economy. While some social phenomena may be explained by rational choice, the marriage is uncomfortable, most specifically in the areas yet untouched by rational theory, and by the potential for the detrimental impact of rational utility maximizers upon the social.

Keywords: political economy; rational choice; sociology; utility maximization

Chapter.  6503 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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