Architects of Political Change
Constitutional Quandaries and Social Choice Theory
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Architects of Political Change by Norman Schofield
Book DescriptionThis work offers a set of extended interpretations of Madison's argument in Federalist X of 1787, using ideas from social choice theory and from the work of Douglass North, Mancur Olson, and William Riker. Its focus is not on rational choice theory itself, but on the use of this theory as a heuristic device to better understand democratic institutions. The treatment adapts a formal model of elections to consider rapid constitutional change at periods when societies face quandaries. The topics explored in the book include Britain's reorganization of its fiscal system in the eighteenth century to prosecute its wars with France; the Colonies' decision to declare independence in 1776; Madison's argument about the 'probability of fit choice' during the Ratification period of 1787-88; the argument between Hamilton and Jefferson in 1798-1800 over the long run organization of the US economy and the election of Lincoln in 1860.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521539722
(228mm x 152mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 5-Jun-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Norman Schofield
Advances in Political Economy, Hardback (March 2013)
This book presents current research in Political Economy, including a case study-based institutional analysis; discussion of the influence of activists on political decisions and new techniques for election analysis using game theory and empirical methods.
Spatial Model of Politics, Paperback (January 2010)
Explains the spatial model of voting from an economics, mathematical and game-theoretic perspective.
Multiparty Democracy, Hardback (July 2006)
Offers a model of elections and legislative politics in Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, the US, and the UK.
Political Economy: Institutions, Competition and Representation, Hardback (August 1993)» View all books by Norman Schofield
This volume documents recent advances in the development of concepts and methods in political economy.
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Author Biography - Norman Schofield
Norman Schofield is Taussig Professor of Political Economy at Washington University in St. Louis. He has served as Fulbright Distinguished Professor of American Studies at Humboldt University Berlin in 2003-04, a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford in 1988-89, and Shrman Fairchild Distinguished Scholar at the California Institute of Technology in 1983-84. Professor Schofield is the author of Mathematical Methods in Economics and Social Choice (2003), Multiparty Government (coauthored with Michael Laver, 1990), and Social Choice and Democracy (1985). He received the William Riker Prize in 2002 for contributions to political theory and is co-recipient with Gary Miller of the Jack L. Walker Prize for the best article on political organizations and parties in the American Political Science Review for 2002-04.
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