Is Rational Choice Theory All of Social Science? by Mark I. Lichbach

By Mark I. Lichbach

Advocates of rational selection thought in political technology were perceived by way of their critics as trying to determine an highbrow hegemony in modern social technological know-how, to the detriment of different tools of analysis. the talk has received a nonacademic viewers, hitting the pages of the hot York instances and the recent Republic. within the academy, the antagonists have expressed their perspectives in books, magazine articles, and at specialist conferences.

Mark I. Lichbach addresses the query of where of rational selection concept within the social sciences ordinarily and in political technological know-how specifically. He provides a typology of the antagonists as both rationalist, culturalist, or structuralist and provides an insightful exam of the talk. He unearths that the rationalist bid for hegemony and synthesis is rooted within the weaknesses, now not the strengths, of rationalist proposal. He concludes that many of the theoretical camps are not likely to simply accept the claimed superiority of the rationalist process yet that this competition is of price in itself to the social sciences, which calls for a number of views to stay healthy.

With its penetrating exam of the assumptions and simple arguments of every of the perimeters to this debate, this publication cuts during the partisan rhetoric and gives an important roadmap for the way forward for the discipline.

Mark I. Lichbach is Professor of presidency and Politics, college of Maryland.

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