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Positive Political Theory II: Strategy and Structure (Michigan Studies in Political Analysis) (v. 2)

 
 
 
 
Positive Political Theory II: Strategy and Structure (Michigan Studies in Political Analysis) (v. 2)
Author: David Austen-Smith - Jeffrey S. Banks
ISBN 13: 9780472068944
ISBN 10: 472068946
Edition: N/A
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication Date: 2005-01-05
Format: Paperback
Pages: 472
List Price: $38.50
 
 

Along with its predecessor (Positive Political Theory I: Collective Preference, this work is motivated by canonical rational choice theory to develop a rigorous model that can aggregate individual choices in order to positively explain collective societal political behavior. Whereas they dealt with direct preference aggregation in that first volume, here Austen-Smith (political economy, Northwestern U.) and the late Banks (formerly political science, California Institute of Technology) develop an indirect preference aggregation model that they hope can account for "how individual actions are linked, both to individual preferences and to the actions of others" as in "lesser-evil voting," for example. They develop their model for representative systems, described as a two-stage of elections and legislative decision-making. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR