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Riker: Political science and rational choice

Disclaimer. Don't rely on these old notes in lieu of reading the literature, but they can jog your memory. As a grad student long ago, my peers and I collaborated to write and exchange summaries of political science research. I posted them to a wiki-style website. "Wikisum" is now dead but archived here. I cannot vouch for these notes' accuracy, nor can I say who wrote them.

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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