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Author: Thomas C Schelling
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2006.
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Schelling--a 2005 Nobel Prize winner-- has been one of the four or five most important social scientists of the past fifty years, and this collection shows why. These essays convey his unique perspective on individuals and society. This perspective has several characteristics: it is strategic in that it assumes that an important part of people's behavior is motivated by the thought of influencing other people's  Read more...
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Schelling, Thomas C., 1921-
Strategies of commitment and other essays.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2006
(OCoLC)647587835
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas C Schelling
ISBN: 0674019296 9780674019294 0674025679 9780674025677
OCLC Number: 61513189
Description: xi, 341 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Strategies of commitment --
Climate and society. What makes greenhouse sense? ; The economic diplomacy of geoengineering ; Intergenerational and international discounting --
Commitment as self-command. Self-command in practice, in policy, and in a theory of rational choice ; Coping rationally with lapses from rationality ; Against backsliding --
Addictive drugs : the cigarette experience ; Life, liberty, or the pursuit of happiness ; Should numbers determine whom to save? --
Economics and social policy. What do economists know? ; Why does economics only help with easy problems? ; Prices as regulatory instruments --
Weapons and warfare. Meteors, mischief, and war ; Research by accident ; Vietnam : reflections and lessons --
Social dynamics. Social mechanisms and social dynamics ; Dynamic models of segregation --
Decisions of the highest order. The legacy of Hiroshima.
Responsibility: Thomas C. Schelling.

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