Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist
Social Mechanisms

Social Mechanisms
An Analytical Approach to Social Theory

$35.99 (G)

Part of Studies in Rationality and Social Change

Peter Hedström, Richard Swedberg, Thomas C. Schelling, Jon Elster, Gudmund Hernes, Diego Gambetta, Tyler Cowen, Timur Kuran, Raymond Boudon, Axel van den Berg, Aage B. Sørensen, Arthur L. Stinchcombe
View all contributors
  • Date Published: January 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521596879

$ 35.99 (G)

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:
Hardback, eBook

Looking for an examination copy?

This title is not currently available for examination. However, if you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an examination copy. To register your interest please contact providing details of the course you are teaching.

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • The mechanism approach calls attention to an intermediary level of analysis, in between pure description and story-telling, on the one hand, and grand theorizing and universal social laws, on the other. These essays, written by prominent social scientists, advance criticisms of current trends in social theory and suggest alternative approaches. For social theory to be of use for the working social scientist, it must attain a high level of precision and provide a toolbox from which middle range theories can be constructed.

    • Was the first book devoted to social mechanisms, an important topic
    • Contributors are all prominent social scientists
    • Innovative book advancing alternative approach to social theory
    Read more

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Date Published: January 1998
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521596879
    • length: 356 pages
    • dimensions: 217 x 141 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • contains: 16 b/w illus. 6 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    1. Social mechanisms: an introductory essay Peter Hedström and Richard Swedberg
    2. Social mechanisms and social dynamics Thomas C. Schelling
    3. A plea for mechanisms Jon Elster
    4. Real virtuality Gudmund Hernes
    5. Concatenations of mechanisms Diego Gambetta
    6. Do economists use social mechanisms to explain? Tyler Cowen
    7. Social mechanisms of dissonance reduction Timur Kuran
    8. Social mechanisms without black boxes Raymond Boudon
    9. Is sociological theory too grand for social mechanisms? Axel van den Berg
    10. Theoretical mechanisms and the empirical study of social processes Aage B. Sørensen
    11. Monopolistic competition as a mechanism: corporations, universities, and nation-states in competitive fields Arthur L. Stinchcombe
    12. Rational imitation Peter Hedström

  • Editors

    Peter Hedström, Stockholms Universitet

    Richard Swedberg, Stockholms Universitet


    Peter Hedström, Richard Swedberg, Thomas C. Schelling, Jon Elster, Gudmund Hernes, Diego Gambetta, Tyler Cowen, Timur Kuran, Raymond Boudon, Axel van den Berg, Aage B. Sørensen, Arthur L. Stinchcombe

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×
warning icon

Turn stock notifications on?

You must be signed in to your Cambridge account to turn product stock notifications on or off.

Sign in Create a Cambridge account arrow icon

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.