Title: Rationality and Institutions: On the Normative Implications of Rational Choice Theory
Authors: Engelen, Bart
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: VDM Verlag Dr. Müller
Abstract: Over the last few decades, the notion of rationality has come to dominate the social sciences. This book stresses that the all too narrow economic conception of rationality should be complemented by a number of alternatives. All this has both theoretical and normative implications. Whereas economists typically defend a central role for markets, alternative conceptions of rationality create more room for legitimate government interventions and informal communities. This book argues that one’s search for a desirable institutional structure should be based on empirically adequate models of people. Based on the optimistic belief that people are both able and willing to improve the rules and institutions that govern their lives, it should be of interest to anyone working within the field of political philosophy.
ISBN: 978-3-8364-6552-6
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IBa
Appears in Collections:Centre for Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy

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