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Introduction

Iain McLean

in Rational Choice and British Politics

Published in print April 2001 | ISBN: 9780198295297
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599873 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198295294.003.0001
 Introduction

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Introduces basic concepts of social choice. Describes the median voter theorem for one issue dimension, and its chaotic failure in more than one. It explains what rhetoric and heresthetics are, also how veto games and credible commitments have operated in British politics since 1846. It introduces W.H. Riker's account of the triumph of Abraham Lincoln in 1860.

Keywords: chaos; credible commitments; heresthetics; issue dimensions; Abraham Lincoln; median voter; rhetoric; W. H. Riker; veto games; social choice

Chapter.  15710 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: UK Politics

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