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  1. Week 1: Introduction to rational choice theory (I) 1 item
    1. By way of introducing students to the basic foundations of rational choice theory, this week introduces students to some of the difficulties involved in reaching cooperative outcomes. By all means look at some of the reading material from week 2.

  2. Week 2: Introduction to rational choice theory (II) 10 items
    1. Private desires, political action: an invitation to the politics of rational choice - Michael Laver 1997

      Book  pp.1-28

    2. Rational choice and politics: a critical introduction - Stephen D. Parsons 2005

      Book  pp. 6-18

    3. Nested games: rational choice in comparative politics - George Tsebelis, dawsonera 1990 (electronic resource)

      Book  pp. 18-47

    4. Democracy in chains: the deep history of the radical right's stealth plan for America - Nancy MacLean 2017

      Book  see pages 74-87. A useful discussion of the politics of rational choice focused on the Virginia school.

  3. Week 3: Collective goods and collective action 8 items
    1. Private desires, political action: an invitation to the politics of rational choice - Michael Laver 1997

      Book  pp.28-42

    2. Rational choice and politics: a critical introduction - Stephen D. Parsons 2005

      Book  pp. 37-41

    3. Public choice: an introduction - Iain McLean 1987

      Book  pp. 62-80

  4. Week 4: The prisoner's dilemma and its application to politics 9 items
    1. Private desires, political action: an invitation to the politics of rational choice - Michael Laver 1997

      Book  pp. 45-50

    2. Getting Locked In - K. G Binmore

      Chapter  pp. 1-15

    3. Free market economics: a critical appraisal - Andrew Schotter 1990

      Book  pp. 47-51 (Extract from Chapter 4)

    4. Rational choice - Andrew Hindmoor, Brad Taylor 2015

      Book  pp. 24-28

    5. Rational choice and politics: a critical introduction - Stephen D. Parsons 2005

      Book  pp. 18-23. You might also want to look at 107-110

    6. Prisoner's dilemma - William Poundstone 1993

      Book  pp. 101-132

  5. Week 5: The rational basis for cooperation: anarchy or the state 7 items
    1. Private desires, political action: an invitation to the politics of rational choice - Michael Laver 1997

      Book 

    2. Rational choice - Andrew Hindmoor, Brad Taylor 2015

      Book  pp. 40-44

    3. Prisoner's dilemma - William Poundstone 1993

      Book  pages 231-56

  6. Week 7: Chickens and assurance games 8 items
    1. Collective action and the civil rights movement - Dennis Chong 1991

      Book  pp. 103-140

    2. Rational choice - Andrew Hindmoor, Brad Taylor 2015

      Book  pp. 146-147

    3. Rational choice and politics: a critical introduction - Stephen D. Parsons 2005

      Book  You might also want to read pp. 70-78

    4. Thermostats, Lemons and other Families of Models - Thomas C. Schelling

      Chapter  You might also want to read this

  7. Week 8: Re-conceptualising Rationality 7 items
    1. Exit, voice and loyalty: Analytic and empirical developments - KEITH DOWDING, PETER JOHN, THANOS MERGOUPIS, MARK VUGT 06/2000

      Article 

    2. Collective action and the civil rights movement - Dennis Chong 1991

      Book  On participative benefits

    3. Worldly philosopher: the odyssey of Albert O. Hirschman - Jeremy Adelman c2013

      Book 

  8. Week 9: The paradox of voting 7 items
    1. Private desires, political action: an invitation to the politics of rational choice - Michael Laver 1997

      Book  pp. 89-109

    2. To vote or not to vote?: the merits and limits of rational choice theory - André Blais c2000

      Book  Also available at: http://digital.library.pitt.edu/cgi-bin/t/text/text-idx?c=pittpress;cc=pittpress;view=toc;idno=31735042739635

    3. Rational choice - Andrew Hindmoor, Brad Taylor 2015

      Book  pp. 194-215

    4. Rational choice and politics: a critical introduction - Stephen D. Parsons 2005

      Book  pp. 33-37

  9. Week 10: The Strategic choices of political parties 7 items
    1. Private desires, political action: an invitation to the politics of rational choice - Michael Laver 1997

      Book  pp. 110-134

    2. An economic theory of democracy - Anthony Downs 1957

      Book  pp. 114-141

    3. New Labour and Thatcherism: political change in Britain - Richard Heffernan c2001

      Book  pp. 101-107, 196-197

    4. Rational choice - Andrew Hindmoor, Brad Taylor 2015

      Book  pp. 48-78

    5. Rational choice and politics: a critical introduction - Stephen D. Parsons 2005

      Book  pp. 110-116

  10. Week 11: The rational choice theory of the state 11 items
    1. Private desires, political action: an invitation to the politics of rational choice - Michael Laver 1997

      Book  pp. 68-88

    2. Rational choice - Andrew Hindmoor, Brad Taylor 2015

      Book  pp. 21-47 and 165-193

    3. Rational choice and politics: a critical introduction - Stephen D. Parsons 2005

      Book  pp. 41-52

    4. The Theory of public choice--II - James M. Buchanan, Robert D. Tollison c1984

      Book  You need to read: "Politics without Romance"

    5. M. Wickham-Jones, 'Descision Rules', 'Decision Rules', in B. Clarke and J.Foweraker, (eds.) Encyclopaedia of Democratic Thought, Routledge, London 2001, pp. 136-139, see blackboard

    6. M. Wickham-Jones, 'The Ties That Bind', mimeo from 1996 that conveys some of the issues I want to discuss in the lecture. Available on blackboard

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