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Sociologists, Economists and Democracy : Midway Reprint - Brian Barry

Sociologists, Economists and Democracy

Midway Reprint

Paperback Published: 1st January 1970
ISBN: 9780226038247
Number Of Pages: 208

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"Rationalist theories of political behavior have recently risen in status to that of a new--or, more accurately, rediscovered--paradigm in the systematic study of politics. Brian Barry's short, provocative book played no small part in the debate that precipitated this shift. . . . Without reservation, Barry's treatise is the most lucid and most influential critique of two important, competing perspectives in political analysis: the 'sociological' school of Talcott Parsons, Gabriel Almond, and other so-called functionalists; and the 'economic' school of Anthony Downs and Mancur Olson, among others."--Dennis J. Encarnation, "American Journal of Sociology

The State of Political Theory
The Two Approaches Outlined
Ideological Origins: Sociological Approach
Ideological Origins: Economic Approach
Subjects to be Covered
Political Participation as Rational Action
The Decision to Vote: Downs and Riker
The Decision to Vote: Limits of the Economic Approach
The Basic Logic of Olson's Theory
Application of Olson's Theory
Participation in Collective Action: Some Explanations
Selective Incentives as Explanations
Leadership and Collective Action
Conditions of Economic Rationality
Values and Stable Democracy: Three Theories
Almond and Verba
Values and Democratic Stability: the Setting and the Problems
Parsons on the 'Hobbesian Problem'
Parsons on Norms and Values
Values and Social Order
Values as Explanations
The Problem of Causal Inference
How Important are Values?
The Economic Theory of Democracy
The Downsian Model Introduced
Information Costs and Strategic Abstention
Multi-Party Systems
Testing Theories of Democracy (1)
Issues and Voting Decisions: U.S. Data
Issues and Voting Decisions: Non-U.S. Data
The Problems of Dimensions
What is an Issue?
Testing Theories of Democracy (2)
The Aims of Political Parties
The Effects of Party Competition
Some Sociological Explanations
Justifications of Democracy
Conceptions of 'Theory'
Conceptions of 'System' and 'Equilibrium'
Underlying Values
Implicit Assumptions
Relationship of the Two Approaches
Bibliography (with a Postscript 1978)
Subject Index
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ISBN: 9780226038247
ISBN-10: 0226038246
Series: Midway Reprint
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 1st January 1970
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 11.7  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition

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