Rational-Choice Models and Asian Studies

@article{Little1991RationalChoiceMA,
  title={Rational-Choice Models and Asian Studies},
  author={D. Little},
  journal={The Journal of Asian Studies},
  year={1991},
  volume={50},
  pages={35-52}
}
  • D. Little
  • Published 1991
  • History
  • The Journal of Asian Studies
The rational-choice paradigm has been attractive to many area specialists in their efforts to arrive at explanations of social and political behavior in various parts of the world. This model of explanation is simple yet powerful; we attempt to explain a pattern of social behavior or an enduring social arrangement as the aggregate outcome of the goal-directed choices of large numbers of rational agents. Why did the Nian rebellion occur? It was the result of the individual-level survival… Expand
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