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Rationality, Democracy, and Justice
The Legacy of Jon Elster

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Roberto Gargarella, Félix Ovejero, Gerry Mackie, John E. Roemer, Cass R. Sunstein, Pasquale Pasquino, Diego Gambetta, Julia Maskivker, Claus Offe, Claudio López-Guerra, Pablo Kalmanovitz, Daniel Little, Jon Elster
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  • Date Published: February 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107065239

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  • This volume advances the research agenda of one of the most remarkable political thinkers of our time: Jon Elster. With an impressive list of contributors, it features studies in five topics in political and social theory: rationality and collective action, political and social norms, democracy and constitution making, transitional justice, and the explanation of social behavior. Additionally, this volume includes chapters on the development of Elster's thinking over the past decades. Like Elster's own writings, the essays in this collection are problem-driven, nonideal inquiries of practical relevance. This volume closes with lucid comments by Jon Elster.

    • Contains essays by renowned scholars on timely subjects in political and social theory
    • Advances our understanding of one of the leading thinkers of our time: Jon Elster
    • Contributes to the renovated interest in connecting political theory to reality
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    • Date Published: February 2015
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107065239
    • length: 304 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.62kg
    • contains: 8 b/w illus. 3 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Jon Elster's Social and Political Thought:
    1. The road toward disillusion: explanations, predictions, and prescriptions in the work of Jon Elster Roberto Gargarella and Félix Ovejero
    Part II. Rationality and Collective Action:
    2. Why it's rational to vote Gerry Mackie
    3. How countries can negotiate to allocate greenhouse-gas emissions: a simple proposal John E. Roemer
    4. On irreversible harm Cass R. Sunstein
    Part III. Political and Social Norms:
    5. Flexible and rigid constitutions: post-Kelsenian typology of constitutional systems Pasquale Pasquino
    6. What makes people tip Diego Gambetta
    7. A social-psychological theory for female suicide bombers Julia Maskivker
    Part IV. Democracy and Constitution Making:
    8. Decoding the genesis of political order: Jon Elster on precommitment and constitutional processes in Eastern Europe Claus Offe
    9. Enfranchisement and constitution making Claudio López-Guerra
    Part V. Transitional Justice:
    10. Compensation and land restitution in transitions from war to peace Pablo Kalmanovitz
    Part VI. The Social Sciences:
    11. Jon Elster and the social sciences Daniel Little
    Part VII. Discussion:
    12. Comments Jon Elster.

  • Editors

    Claudio López-Guerra, Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE), Mexico City
    Claudio López-Guerra is a research professor in the Department of Political Studies at the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics, CIDE, Mexico City. He is the author of Democracy and Disenfranchisement: The Morality of Electoral Exclusions (2014). His work has appeared in such journals as the Journal of Political Philosophy; Politics, Philosophy, and Economics; and Social Theory and Practice.

    Julia Maskivker, Rollins College, Florida
    Julia Maskivker is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Rollins College. She is the author of Self-Realization and Justice: A Liberal-Perfectionist Defense of the Right to Freedom from Employment (2012). Her work has been published in journals such as the Journal of Moral Philosophy, Contemporary Political Theory, and the Journal of Global Ethics.


    Roberto Gargarella, Félix Ovejero, Gerry Mackie, John E. Roemer, Cass R. Sunstein, Pasquale Pasquino, Diego Gambetta, Julia Maskivker, Claus Offe, Claudio López-Guerra, Pablo Kalmanovitz, Daniel Little, Jon Elster

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