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The Cement of Society : A Survey of Social Order - Jon Elster

The Cement of Society

A Survey of Social Order

Paperback Published: 18th December 1989
ISBN: 9780521376075
Number Of Pages: 320

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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.

"...this is an excellent book. Bearing on virtually every specialty within the social sciences, it is laced with a panoply of wonderful insights into social stability and cooperation." Timur Kuran, Journal of Economic Literature

Preface and acknowledgements
Introduction: the two problems of social order
Collective action
Social norms
Bargaining and collective action
Collective action and social norms
Bargaining and social norms
Conclusion: the cement of society
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ISBN: 9780521376075
ISBN-10: 0521376076
Series: Studies in Rationality and Social Change
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 18th December 1989
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.46 x 13.67  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.38

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