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Andrew Hindmoor Rational Choice 11.pdf


Andrew Hindmoor Rational Choice 11.pdf




This article is based on the book by Andrew Hindmoor, a senior lecturer in politics at the University of Queensland, Australia. The book is a clear and accessible introduction to the dominant theoretical approach in political science in North America and one of the main contending approaches elsewhere. It provides a fair-minded assessment of both the strengths and limitations of rational choice theory, as well as a broad-ranging coverage of the areas in which it has been widely used and an in-depth analysis of the main works of its key protagonists.


The eleventh chapter of the book, titled "Rationality", examines the concept of rationality and its implications for rational choice theory. It discusses the different types of rationality, such as instrumental, substantive, procedural, bounded, and adaptive, and how they relate to the assumptions and models of rational choice theory. It also explores the criticisms and challenges that have been raised against rational choice theory on the grounds of its unrealistic or inadequate conception of rationality, such as irrationality, emotions, norms, identity, and culture. It evaluates the responses and reforms that rational choice theorists have offered to address these issues, such as relaxing or modifying the assumptions, incorporating psychological insights, or adopting a more pluralistic approach.


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The chapter concludes by arguing that rational choice theory is not a monolithic or dogmatic approach, but rather a flexible and diverse one that can accommodate different forms and degrees of rationality. It suggests that rational choice theory can be seen as a useful tool for understanding and explaining political phenomena, rather than a comprehensive or definitive theory of politics. It also acknowledges that rational choice theory is not the only or best way to study politics, and that it can benefit from dialogue and collaboration with other approaches and perspectives.


The book is available for free download from the Internet Archive, or for purchase from Google Books or other online retailers. The book has been revised and updated in a second edition published in 2015, co-authored by Brad Taylor. The second edition includes new chapters on game theory, social choice theory, institutions, and public policy.


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