Mind, Will, and Choice

James N. Druckman and Arthur Lupia

in The Oxford Handbook of Contextual Political Analysis

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780199270439
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

 Mind, Will, and Choice

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This article probes the role of mind, will, and choice in the domain of contextual political science. It argues that many questions about how context affects choice are better answered by focusing on the brain instead of the mind and explains that incorporating insights about brains and preferences into context-oriented research designs can provide greater clarity about how, when, and why factors such as time, place, language, and culture affect political choices. It also shows that non-cooperative game theory can be used very effectively to identify key causal attributes of important contextual variables relevant to political analysis.

Keywords: contextual political science; mind; will; choice; brain; preferences; political choices; game theory

Article.  7452 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Political Theory ; Public Policy

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