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Rational Lives Norms and Values in Politics and Society

ISBN-10: 0226104397

ISBN-13: 9780226104393

Edition: 2000

Authors: Dennis Chong

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Rational Lives shows how a single model can explain how people make decisions across social/economic realms. The text argues that preferences result from a combination of psychological dispositions, shaped by social influences, as well as costs.
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Book details

List price: $33.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 4/1/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

List of Figures
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Interests versus Values
Rational Choice
Status Politics
Symbolic Politics
Does Rational Choice Theory Survive the Challenges Posed by the Symbolic Politics Research?
Taking Stock of Expressive and Instrumental Theories
A Model of Individual Choice
Dispositions and Incentives
Reference Groups and Conformity
Group Dynamics
A Model of Individual Choice
Incentives: The Meaning of [pi]
Reinforcing Only L
Reinforcing Only R
Dispositions: The Meaning of a and b
Exposure to Both L and R
Deductions: The Interplay between Incentives and Dispositions
Conclusion
Coordination and Conflict
Four Mechanisms of Defense
Coordination Problems
Ethnocentrism
Vested Interests
Majorities and Minorities
Conclusion
Cultural Mobilization
Creating Common Frames of Reference
Deductions
General Strategies
The Element of Surprise
Convergence on a Focal Point
Arguing with Principles
Conclusion
Economics Meets Morality in a Texas Community
Background
Setting the Agenda
Framing Strategies following the First Vote
Competing Worldviews
The Role of Social and Moral Beliefs in Solving Coordination Problems
Morality, Trust, and Social Order
Political Repercussions of Cultural Diversity
Evaluating Information and Reasoning about Means and Ends
Are the Citizens of Williamson County Acting in Their Self-Interest?
Conclusion
Mass Adjustment to New Norms
Incentives and Dispositions (Reprised)
Social Adjustment to New Norms and Practices
A Model of Social Adjustment
Mechanisms of Social Change
How the South Was Won
Conclusion
Culture and Strategy
A Unifying Theory
Value Formation
Social Change
The Limits of Rationality
Expressive and Moral Action
A Final Word
Notes
Biblography
Index