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Private Desires, Political Action By Michael Laver

Private Desires, Political Action by Michael Laver

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Offers an overview of one of the important approaches to the study of politics in the modern world - rational choice theory. This title discusses how we might use rational choice theory to analyze the political competition that affects almost every aspect of our lives.

Private Desires, Political Action Summary

Private Desires, Political Action: An Invitation to the Politics of Rational Choice by Michael Laver

Private Desires, Political Action is an accessible overview of one of the most important approaches to the study of politics in the modern world - rational choice theory. Michael Laver does not set out to review this entire field, but rather to discuss how we might use rational choice theory to analyze the political competition that affects almost every aspect of our lives.

The broad-ranging scope of the book introduces the theory at many levels of analysis, including: the private desires of individuals; the social context of how people fulfil their desires; and the problems of collective action. The discussion of these problems extends into the arena of politics, where the activities of `political entrepreneurs' or politicians and the formation of political parties and coalitions are addressed.

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`Private Desires, Political Action should be compulsory reading for every student of politics. This book is a rarity on at least two counts. First of all, it is an effortless yet inspiring guided tour of the contribution of rational choice theory to political science... Secondly, as Laver is concerned with substance rather than technique, he has written a very accessible book unashamedly free from mathematical formulas' - Political Studies

`With wit, style, and grace, on the one hand, and an impressive economy of presentation, on the other, Professor Michael Laver manages to embrace and envelop the entire rational choice program in political science of the past half century. He takes complicated materials and makes them transparent to the reader, not by reducing them to simplistic chat, but rather by teasing out the elemental features of the arguments and stitching them back together in an altogether reader-friendly fashion. In short, Private Desires, Political Action is a smooth and intellectually satisfying experience' - Kenneth A Shepsle, Harvard University

About Michael Laver

Michael Laver is Professor and Head of the Department of Political Science, Trinity College, Dublin. He is the author of Playing Politics: The Nightmare Continues (1997); Making and Breaking Governments: Government Formation in Parliamentary Democracies (1996, with Kenneth A Shepsle) and Representative Government in Modern Europe (1995, with Michael Gallagher and Peter Mair).

Table of Contents

Introduction Rational Actors Collective Action Political Entrepreneurs, Politicians and Parties Voting Party Competition The Politics of Coalition Conclusion

Additional information

NPB9780761951155
9780761951155
0761951156
Private Desires, Political Action: An Invitation to the Politics of Rational Choice by Michael Laver
New
Paperback
SAGE Publications Inc
1997-02-24
176
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