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Analytical Politics - Melvin J. Hinich

Paperback Published: 8th September 1997
ISBN: 9780521565677
Number Of Pages: 268

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Analytical Politics is an introduction to analytical theories of politics, explicitly designed both for the interested professional and classes in political science. We cannot evaluate how well governments perform without some baseline for comparison: What should governments be doing? This book focuses on the role of the "center" in politics, drawing from the classical political theories of Aristotle, Hobbes, Rousseau, and others. The main questions in Analytical Politics involve the existence and stability of the center: When does it exist? When should the center guide policy? An understanding of the work reviewed here is essential for anyone who hopes to evaluate the performance or predict the actions of democratic governments.

' ... an excellent introduction to formal theories of politics.' Ashley Piggins, Economic Journal

Basics
The analysis of politics
The models of Downs and Black: one policy dimension
Two dimensions: elusive equilibrium
Two dimensions: weighted Euclidean distance
Social choice and other voting models
Extensions
Uncertainty and policy preference
The voting decision and collective action
Recent Advances
Strategic voting, nonseparability, and probabilistic voting
Mass elections
References
Glossary
Answers to exercises
Index
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ISBN: 9780521565677
ISBN-10: 0521565677
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 268
Published: 8th September 1997
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 15.32  x 1.93
Weight (kg): 0.38