Rational Choice Institutionalism

Kenneth A. Shepsle

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Institutions

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548460
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

 Rational Choice Institutionalism

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This article discusses the institutional arrangements of rational choice institutionalism, as well as the patterns and regularities that they produce. It reviews several theoretical ways that institutions are interpreted by rational choice theorists, and then surveys the progress made in understanding structured and unstructured institutions. This article also studies the limitations of rational choice institutionalism.

Keywords: institutional arrangements; rational choice institutionalism; patterns; regularities; rational choice theorists; structured institutions; unstructured institutions; limitations

Article.  6833 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Political Economy ; Comparative Politics

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