The contribution of rational choice theory to macrosociological research

  title={The contribution of rational choice theory to macrosociological research},
  author={Debra L. Friedman and Michael Hechter},
  journal={Sociological Theory},
Because it consists of an entire family of specific theories derived from the same first principles, rational choice offers one approach to generate explanations that provide for micro-macro links, and to attack a wide variety of empirical problems in macrosociology. The aims of this paper are (I) to provide a bare skeleton of all rational choice arguments; (2) to demonstrate their applicability to a range of macrosociological concerns by reviewing a sample of both new and classic works; and (3… 

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