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Rational Choice Theory

By January 14, 2006

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Pathologies of Rational Choice Theory: A Critique of Applications in Political Science Recently Received: Pathologies of Rational Choice Theory: A Critique of Applications in Political Science, by Donald Green, Ian Shapiro. Publisher: Yale University Press.

A popular doctrine among some in the social sciences, especially economics, is called "rational choice theory." This doctrine teaches that people generally make the most rational choices possible given their goals and that people's behavior can be predicted on this basis. This perspective is deeply flawed and full of problems it's not that it has no insights to offer, but it is commonly taken much too far and given far too much credence.

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