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    What is Analytical Sociology? Strengths and Weaknesses of a New Sociological Research Program.Karl-Dieter Opp - 2013 - Social Science Information 52 (3):329-360.
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    Norms and Rationality. Is Moral Behavior a Form of Rational Action?Karl-Dieter Opp - 2013 - Theory and Decision 74 (3):383-409.
    This article addresses major arguments in the controversy about the “rationality” of moral behavior: can moral behavior be explained by rational choice theory? The two positions discussed are the incentives thesis and the autonomy thesis claiming that moral behavior has nothing to do with utility. The article analyses arguments for the autonomy thesis by J. Elster, A. Etzioni, and J. G. March and J. P. Olsen. Finally, the general claim is discussed whether norm following and norm emergence are utility maximizing. (...)
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    Explanations by Mechanisms in the Social Sciences. Problems, Advantages and Alternatives.Karl-Dieter Opp - 2005 - Mind and Society 4 (2):163-178.
    This paper discusses various problems of explanations by mechanisms. Two positions are distinguished: the narrow position claims that only explanations by mechanisms are acceptable. It is argued that this position leads to an infinite regress because the discovery of a mechanism must entail the search for other mechanisms etc. Another paradoxical consequence of this postulate is that every successful explanation by mechanisms is unsatisfactory because it generates new ``black box'' explanations. The second – liberal – position that is advanced in (...)
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    The Microfoundations of Macrosociology. Michael Hechter.Karl-Dieter Opp - 1985 - Ethics 95 (2):360-362.
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    How Do Norms Emerge? An Outline of a Theory.Karl-Dieter Opp - 2001 - Mind and Society 2 (1):101-128.
    The social science literature abounds with unconnected and, so it seems, diverse propositions about the emergence of norms. This article sets out to show that many of these propositions only differ in regard to terminology. Proponents of different theoretical orientations seem to accept a key hypothesis that is called “instrumentality proposition”: norms emerge if they are instrumental for attaining the goals of a group of actors. Apart from a problematic functionalist version the article focuses on an individualistic version: if actors (...)
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    Das Modell des Homo sociologicus. Eine Explikation und eine Konfrontierung mit dem utilitaristischen Verhaltensmodell.Karl-Dieter Opp - 1986 - Analyse & Kritik 8 (1):1-1.
    The present paper focuses on the sociological model of man . It is discussed to what extent three problems limit its explanatory value: behavior which is not normatively regulated and behavior deviating from norms cannot be explained. In case of norm conflicts it cannot be explained which of the normative expectations is followed. It is further discussed to what extent another model of man - which is called the "utilitarian", "economic" or rational choice model - is able to solve these (...)
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    Sociology Without Sociology. The Reduction of Sociology to Psychology: A Program, a Test, and the Theoretical Relevance.Karl-Dieter Opp - 1968 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 11:205.
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    Collective Political Action.Karl-Dieter Opp - 2001 - Analyse & Kritik 23 (1):1-20.
    This paper describes a research program that focuses on the explanation of political protest and its causes. The starting point is Mancur Olson's theory of collective action. This theory is modified, extended and applied to explain political protest. In particular, it is argued that only a wide version of Rational Choice theory that includes "soft" incentives as well as misperception is capable of providing valid explanations of protest behavior. Another part of the research program is the utilization of survey research (...)
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    Social Evolution: Learning Theory Applied to Group Action.Karl-Dieter Opp - 1979 - Theory and Decision 10 (1-4):229-243.
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    Rational Choice Theory, the Logic of Explanation, Middle-Range Theories and Analytical Sociology: A Reply to Gianluca Manzo and Petri Ylikoski.Karl-Dieter Opp - 2013 - Social Science Information 52 (3):394-408.
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    Micro-Macro Transitions in Rational Choice Explanations.Karl-Dieter Opp - 1992 - Analyse & Kritik 14 (2):143-151.
    The rational choice approach focuses on explaining macrosocial phenomena or relationships by applying a theory about the behavior of individual actors. This paper addresses James S. Coleman's account of micro-macro transitions involved in rational choice explanations. The starting point of this account is a macro-relationship. Its independent variable has a causal effect on the independent variable of a micro-relationship. The dependent variable of this relationship in turn influences the dependent variable of the macro-relationship . The paper extends this account by (...)
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    Balance Theory: Progress and Stagnation of a Social Psychological Theory.Karl-Dieter Opp - 1984 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 14 (1):27-49.
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    Robert L. Burgess and Don Bushell, Jr. , "Behavioral Sociology. The Experimental Analysis of Social Process". [REVIEW]Karl-Dieter Opp - 1971 - Theory and Decision 1 (4):401.
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    Economie et sociology : Les fondements communs.Karl-Dieter Opp - 1991 - Journal de Economistes Et des Etudes Humaines 2 (1):63-82.
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    Group Size, Emergence, and Composition Laws: Are There Macroscopic Theories Sui Generis.Karl-Dieter Opp - 1979 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 9 (4):445-455.
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  16. Hans Albert and Ernst Topitsch , "Werturteilsstreit". [REVIEW]Karl-Dieter Opp - 1973 - Theory and Decision 3 (4):401.
     
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  17. Herbert H. Hyman and Eleanor Singer, "Readings in Reference Group Theory and Research". [REVIEW]Karl-Dieter Opp - 1972 - Theory and Decision 3 (2):185.
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