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Explaining Social Behavior : More Nuts and Bolts for the Social Sciences

Author: Jon Elster
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2015.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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In this new edition of his critically acclaimed book, Jon Elster examines the nature of social behavior, proposing choice as the central concept of the social sciences. Extensively revised throughout, the book offers an overview of key explanatory mechanisms, drawing on many case studies and experiments to explore the nature of explanation in the social sciences; an analysis of the mental states - beliefs, desires,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jon Elster
ISBN: 9781107763111 1107763118 9781107071186 1107071186 9781107416413 1107416418
OCLC Number: 972067522
Notes: Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 06 Aug 2015).
Description: 1 online resource (516 pages)
Contents: Explanation --
Mechanisms --
Interpretation --
Motivations --
Self-interest and altruism --
Myopia and foresight --
Beliefs --
Emotions --
Transmutations --
Constraints : opportunities and abilities --
Reinforcement and selection --
Persons and situations --
Rational choice --
Rationality and behavior --
Responding to irrationality --
Implications for textual interpretation --
Unintended consequences --
Strategic interaction --
Games and behavior --
Trust --
Social norms --
Collective belief formation --
Collective action --
Collective decision making --
Institutions and constitutions --
Is social science possible?
Responsibility: Jon Elster.

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This substantially revised edition of Jon Elster's acclaimed book exploring the nature of social behavior features a wholly new chapter and a new conclusion. Proposing choice as the central concept  Read more...

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