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An Institutional Theory of Political Choice

Paul M. Sniderman and Matthew S. Levendusky

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Behavior

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780199270125
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199270125.003.0023

Series: OXFORD HANDBOOKS POL SCIENCE SERI OHPS C

 An Institutional Theory of Political Choice

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This article discusses the emergence of a perspective that views rational choice and psychological concerns as allies: the institutional theory of political choice. It lays out a theoretical framework that could be used to integrate the internal and external explanatory mechanisms of a theory of political choice. It discusses behavioural economics as a model, followed by the properties of political choice sets. The number, labeling, and polarization of alternatives are examined. The article also looks at the concept of envoi.

Keywords: institutional theory; theoretical framework; explanatory mechanisms; political choice; behavioural economics; political choice sets; alternatives; envoi

Article.  9832 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Political Behaviour

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