Rational Choice Institutionalism

  title={Rational Choice Institutionalism},
  author={Kenneth A. Shepsle},
Word Count: 6174 " An irrational passion for dispassionate rationality will take all the joy out of life, " wrote the economist John Maurice Clark a century ago. Canonical rational choice theory has been a staple in political science for four decades. While it may have taken the joy out of life for many traditionalists in the field and a behavioralist or two, it has become an engine of social scientific research, producing theoretical micro-foundations, an equilibrium orientation, deductively… 
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