Rational Choice Analysis In Classical Chinese Political Thought: The Han Feizi

  title={Rational Choice Analysis In Classical Chinese Political Thought: The Han Feizi},
  author={Peter Moody},
  • P. Moody
  • Published 1 January 2008
  • Sociology
  • Polity
Area specialists and others have criticized the rational choice approach to political analysis as culture-bound, reflecting a modern western ethnocentric perspective. A study of the Han Feizi, the main text of the classic Chinese Legalist school, shows that the approach applies in cultural contexts greatly different from the contemporary west, and that it can be used to analyze not simply democratic politics but also the politics of despotism. The Han Feizi also makes clear, however, that… 

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For more socio-political context, see Sa Mengwu

  • General History of China's Political Systems) (Peking: Renmin Chubanshe, 1993)
  • 1965

The Han Feizi tends to use the term in the Taoist sense

  • 1997