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Self-Interest and Public Interest in Western Politics$
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Leif Lewin

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198277255

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198277253.001.0001

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Self‐Interest and Public Interest

Self‐Interest and Public Interest

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(p.1) 1 Self‐Interest and Public Interest
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Self-Interest and Public Interest in Western Politics
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Leif Lewin (Contributor Webpage)

, Donald Lavery
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198277253.003.0001

Provides some theoretical approaches to the subsequent chapters. In particular, it reflects on the ways in which different sub‐disciplines approach the question of whether any grounds exist for the predominance of self‐interest in Western politics.

Problems of ‘rational‐choice’ theory, of the philosophical method, and of the electoral research are then analysed. The discourse of each of these three scientific fields is presented on the basis of the analysis of corresponding literature.

Keywords:   discourse, electoral research, philosophical method, rational‐choice’ theory, self‐interest, sub‐disciplines

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