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Explaining social behavior : more nuts and bolts for the social sciences, Jon Elster

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Explaining social behavior : more nuts and bolts for the social sciences
Title
Explaining social behavior
Title remainder
more nuts and bolts for the social sciences
Statement of responsibility
Jon Elster
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
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, and emotions - that are precursors to action; a systematic comparison of rational-choice models of behavior with alternative accounts, and a review of mechanisms of social interaction ranging from strategic behavior to collective decision making. A wholly new chapter includes an exploration of classical moralists and Proust in charting mental mechanisms operating 'behind the back' of the agent, and a new conclusion points to the pitfalls and fallacies in current ways of doing social science, proposing guidelines for more modest and more robust procedures.--
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http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1940-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Elster, Jon
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Social sciences
  • Social interaction
Label
Explaining social behavior : more nuts and bolts for the social sciences, Jon Elster
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
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?
Control code
FIEb1776547x
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
Revised edition.
Extent
x, 505 pages
Isbn
9781107416413
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)905600031
Label
Explaining social behavior : more nuts and bolts for the social sciences, Jon Elster
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
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?
Control code
FIEb1776547x
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
Revised edition.
Extent
x, 505 pages
Isbn
9781107416413
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)905600031

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