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Ideas and Politics in Social Science Research

Daniel Béland and Robert Henry Cox


Writing about ideas, John Maynard Keynes noted that they are “more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed the world is ruled by little else.” One would expect, therefore, that political science—a discipline that focuses specifically on the nature of power—would have a healthy respect for the role of ideas. However, for a variety of reasons—not least of which is the influence of rational choice theory, which presumes that individuals are self-maximizing rational actors—this is not the case, and the literature on the topic is fairly thin. As this book shows, ideas are in fact powerful shap ... More

Keywords: John Maynard Keynes, rational choice theory, ideas, politics, discourse, policy, paradigms, framing processes

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Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199736430
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199736430.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Béland, editor
University of Saskatchewan
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Robert Henry Cox, editor
University of Oklahoma
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