The Rationality of Rational Choice Theory

  title={The Rationality of Rational Choice Theory},
  author={Stephen L. Quackenbush},
  journal={International Interactions},
  pages={107 - 87}
  • S. Quackenbush
  • Published 1 April 2004
  • Economics
  • International Interactions
Rational choice theory has long been criticized, with several recent critiques of applications in political science in general and international relations in particular. In this paper, I seek to clarify discussion about rationality in several ways. I discuss the role of assumptions in theory and the assumption of rationality in rational choice theory. I demonstrate that many critiques of rational choice theory have been misguided , since instrumental rationality-the rationality of rational… 
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