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Political Psychology - Jon Elster

Political Psychology

Hardcover Published: 29th January 1993
ISBN: 9780521411103
Number Of Pages: 216

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This provocative new textbook takes up and develops the themes of rationality and irrationality in Jon Elster's earlier work. Its purposes are threefold. First, Elster shows how belief and preference formation in the realm of politics are shaped by social and political institutions. Second, he argues for an important distinction in the social sciences between mechanisms and theories. Third, he illustrates those general principles of political psychology through readings of three outstanding political psychologists: the French classical historian, Paul Veyne; the Soviet dissident writer, Alexander Zinoviev; the great French political theorist, Alexis de Tocqueville.

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"As always, Elster has produced an analysis that is conspicuous for its elegance...Seldom can Tocqueville have been put through such a rigorous intellectual mincer." Rudolf Klein, Times Literary Supplement

Introduction: why political psychology?
A historian and the irrational: a reading of Bread and Circuses
Internal and external negation: an essay in Ibanskian sociology
Tocqueville's psychology I
Tocqueville's psychology II
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ISBN: 9780521411103
ISBN-10: 0521411106
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 29th January 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.42

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