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Riker: Political science and rational choice

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Riker. 1989. Political science and rational choice. In Perspectives on Positive Political Economy, eds. James Alt and Kenneth Shepsle.

In John Adams's day, Adams correctly observed that political science was at least as developed as chemistry, biology, and other sciences. Since then, hard sciences have greatly surpassed political science in their development. Why has political science developed slowly?

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Riker, William (author)Political ScienceComparative PoliticsRational ChoiceResearch DesignMethodological Preliminaries

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