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Political Psychology

  • Date Published: May 1993
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521411103

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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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    • Date Published: May 1993
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521411103
    • length: 216 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Abbreviations
    Preface
    Introduction: why political psychology?
    1. A historian and the irrational: a reading of Bread and Circuses
    2. Internal and external negation: an essay in Ibanskian sociology
    3. Tocqueville's psychology I
    4. Tocqueville's psychology II
    References
    Index.

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    Jon Elster, Columbia University, New York

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