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Cement of Society A Survey of Social Order

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ISBN-10: 0521376076

ISBN-13: 9780521376075

Edition: 1989

Authors: Jon Elster, Gudmund Hernes, Gudmund Hernes

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The question addressed in this challenging new book is: What binds societies together and prevents them from disintegrating into chaos and war? Elster analyzes two concepts of social order: stable, predictable patterns of behavior, and cooperative behavior. The book examines various aspects of collective action and bargaining from the perspective of rational choice theory and the theory of social norms. It is a fundamental assumption of the book that social norms provide an important kind of motivation for action that is irreducible to rationality.
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Book details

List price: $62.99
Copyright year: 1989
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/28/1989
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Jon Elster is Professor of Rationalit� et sciences sociales at College de France, and Robert K. Merton Professor of Social Sciences at Columbia University. He is author of Closing the Books: Transitional Justice in Historical Perspective .

Preface and acknowledgements
Introduction: the two problems of social order
Collective action
Bargaining
Social norms
Bargaining and collective action
Collective action and social norms
Bargaining and social norms
Conclusion: the cement of society
References
Index