David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Critical Review 9 (1-2):37-57 (1995)
Although rational choice theory has enjoyed only modest predictive success, it provides a powerful explanatory mechanism for social processes involving strategic interaction among individuals and it stimulates interesting empirical inquiries. Rather than present competing theories to compare against rational choice, Don Green and Ian Shapiro have merely alluded to alternative explanatory variables such as culture, institutions, and social norms, without showing either how these factors can be incorporated into a more powerful theory, or how they are inconsistent with rational choice theory. It is likely that any eventual theory of the origin and maintenance of social institutions, norms, and values will have to reserve a central place for rational action.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Michael C. Munger (2011). Self-Interest and Public Interest: The Motivations of Political Actors. Critical Review 23 (3):339-357.
Similar books and articles
James Bernard Murphy (1995). Rational Choice Theory as Social Physics. Critical Review 9 (1-2):155-174.
Bruno Verbeek (2010). Rational Choice Virtues. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 13 (5):541-559.
John Ferejohn & Debra Satz (1995). Unification, Universalism, and Rational Choice Theory. Critical Review 9 (1-2):71-84.
Daniel Diermeier (1995). Rational Choice and the Role of Theory in Political Science. Critical Review 9 (1-2):59-70.
Stanley Kelley (1995). The Promise and Limitations of Rational Choice Theory. Critical Review 9 (1-2):95-106.
Milan Zafirovski (2000). The Rational Choice Generalization of Neoclassical Economics Reconsidered: Any Theoretical Legitimation for Economic Imperialism? Sociological Theory 18 (3):448-471.
Kenneth A. Shepsle (1995). Statistical Political Philosphy and Positive Political Theory. Critical Review 9 (1-2):213-222.
Donald P. Green & Ian Shapiro (1995). Pathologies Revisited: Reflections on Our Critics. Critical Review 9 (1-2):235-276.
Edward F. McClennen (1990). Rationality and Dynamic Choice: Foundational Explorations. Cambridge University Press.
Boudewijn de Bruin (2008). Reducible and Nonsensical Uses of Game Theory. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 38 (2):247-266.
Kaisa Herne & Maija Setälä (2004). A Response to the Critique of Rational Choice Theory: Lakatos' and Laudan's Conceptions Applied. Inquiry 47 (1):67 – 85.
Amparo Gómez Rodríguez (2008). Rational Choice Theory and Economic Laws: The Role of Shared Values. Poznan Studies in the Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities 96 (1):191-205.
Debra Friedman & Michael Hechter (1988). The Contribution of Rational Choice Theory to Macrosociological Research. Sociological Theory 6 (2):201-218.
Robert S. Goldfarb, Thomas C. Leonard & Steven M. Suranovic (2001). Are Rival Theories of Smoking Underdetermined? Journal of Economic Methodology 8 (2):229-251.
Howard Sankey (1995). The Problem of Rational Theory-Choice. Epistemologia 18 (2):299-312.
Added to index2011-10-18
Total downloads9 ( #173,767 of 1,410,217 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #155,456 of 1,410,217 )
How can I increase my downloads?