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Social Norms and Economic Theory
Elster contrasts two distinct and frequently opposing social science traditions. One was fostered by Adam Smith and is carried forward today by neoclassical economists and rational-choice theoristsExpand
The cement of society : a study of social order
Preface and acknowledgements Introduction: the two problems of social order 1. Collective action 2. Bargaining 3. Social norms 4. Bargaining and collective action 5. Collective action and socialExpand
Emotions and Economic Theory
Economists and psychologists who study emotions have worked in near-total isolation from each other. The article discusses some areas in which economists might take account of emotions. After aExpand
Explaining Social Behavior: More Nuts and Bolts for the Social Sciences
Preface Part I. Explanation and Mechanisms: 1. Explanation 2. Mechanisms 3. Interpretation Part II. The Mind: 4. Motivations 5. Self-interest and altruism 6. Myopia and foresight 7. Beliefs 8.Expand
Sour Grapes: Studies in the Subversion of Rationality
Preface and acknowledgements 1. Rationality 2. States that are essentially by-products 3. Sour grapes 4. Belief, bias and ideology References Index.
The Cement Of Society
  • J. Elster
  • Sociology, Philosophy
  • 1 December 1991
Nuts and bolts for the social sciences
Preface Acknowledgements Part I. Introduction: 1. Mechanisms Part II. Human Action: 2. Desires and opportunities 3. Rational choice 4. When rationality fails 5. Myopia and foresight 6. SelfishnessExpand
Ulysses and the Sirens: Studies in Rationality and Irrationality
Preface to the revised edition Preface and acknowledgements Part I. Perfect Rationality: Beyond Gradient-Climbing: 1. Introduction 2. The locally maximizing machine 3. The globally maximizing machineExpand
Making Sense of Marx
Preface and acknowledgments Introduction 1. Explanation and dialectics Part I. Philosophy and Economics: 2. Philosophical anthropology 3. Economics 4. Exploitation, freedom and justice Part II.Expand