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Rational Choice Explanations of Social Facts

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Shepsle, Kenneth A.; Weingast, Barry R.
Conference: Education Project of the American Political Science Association
Location: Center for the Study of American Business, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
Conf. Date: May 1981
Date: 1981
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/5467
Sector: Theory
Subject(s): social choice theory
Abstract: "On the hypothesis that 'those who can do and those who can't do philosophy of science', we shall not dwell long on esoteric matters in this essay on theories of rational choice. Rather, our mission is pedagogical; so our task is to describe and illustrate rational explanations and to argue their utility. In doing so we shall take care to describe what a scientific commitment to rational choice entails. But we also wish to take a pragmatic line; models of rationality must satisfy scientific criteria, not religious ones!"

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