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Rational decisions/rational choice/VsEconomic Theory/VsPolitical Science/Political Economy: Economically oriented political science was confronted with problems because it initially assumed that the actors had complete information.
Problem: the empirical significance of this approach is limited, since due to the axiomatics (individuals act rationally) every action must necessarily provide the greatest benefit to an actor. (1) (2)


1. D. P. Green, I. Shapiro, Pathologies of rational-choice theory. A critique of applications in political science. New Haven 1994
2. J. S. Coleman,Th.J. Fararo (Eds) Rational-choice theory. Advocacy and critique. Newbury Park 1992.


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Political Economy
Mause I
Karsten Mause
Christian Müller
Klaus Schubert,
Politik und Wirtschaft: Ein integratives Kompendium Wiesbaden 2018


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